Lagos Businessman Arraigned for Manufacturing Fake Alcoholic Products

A 40-year-old Lagos-based businessman, Chinedu Okafor, who is also the proprietor of Sky Blue Company, has been arraigned in court for manufacturing counterfeit alcoholic products, including Eagle Aromatic Schnapps and Lord’s Dry Gin.

The National Agency for Food Drug and Administrative Control (NAFDAC) brought the charges against Okafor.

Okafor appeared before a Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday. In an eight-count charge filed by Barrister B. Simon, it was alleged that Okafor, residing on MTN Road, Badagry, Lagos, was arrested on April 26, 2024.

He was found in possession of unwholesome processed food items, including Apple Multi-fruit Juice Wine, Eagle Aromatic Schnapps, and Lord’s Gin, thereby committing an offense contrary to Section 1(c) of the Counterfeit and Fake Drug and Unwholesome Processed Food (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, Cap. C34, Law of the Federation, 2004, and punishable under Section 3 of the same Act.

Additionally, Okafor was accused of illegally manufacturing these products without proper registration, violating Section 1(1) of the Food, Drugs and Related Products (Registration, ETC) Act, Cap. F33, LFN, 2004, and punishable under Sections 6 and 8 of the same Act.

He was also alleged to have distributed the unwholesome products, which were reportedly produced under unsanitary conditions.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to all charges. Consequently, Justice Lewis Allagoa, the presiding judge, adjourned the trial to July 10, 2024, and ordered Okafor to be remanded in the custody of correctional services until the trial commences.

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