Obinna Igbo, a 32-year-old businessman, was arrested by the National Agency for Food and Medicine Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for allegedly importing and selling fake Amanta Forte, an unregulated anti-malarial drug.
Mr. Igbo, on the other hand, has been charged with illegally importing, possessing, selling, and distributing fake Amanta Forte soft gel (Artemether 80mg + Lumefantrine 480mg Capsules) at Head Bridge Market in Onitsha, Anambra State.
The defendant allegedly sold the bogus pharmaceuticals at Shop E200, Freedom Line, Onitsha Head Bridge Market after importing them, according to a statement signed by NAFDAC’s Resident Media Consultant, Sayo Akintola, in Lagos on Monday.
According to Akintola, the Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, revealed that officials from the Agency’s Investigation and Enforcement Directorate raided three pharmaceutical outlets at Head Bridge Market Onitsha, namely Triphon Point Global Limited, Emma Medicals Nigeria Limited, and Ekeh Mountain Global Ventures Limited, and that the offending product was discovered in Triphon Point Global Limited, and the product was subsequently evacuated while the investigation and enforcement directorate was being conducted.
She went on to say that the shops at Emma Medicals and Ekeh Mountain Global Ventures Limited were both visited and thoroughly screened. She claimed, however, that the infringing goods was not located on their shelves, but that their sales records revealed that it was sold by them.