NAFDAC arraigns trader for challenging officials



The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control ( NAFDAC) has arraigned a trader before the Federal High Court, Lagos for allegedly obstructing its officials who went to Mile 12 Market for inspection.

According to the prosecution, Umar Shamaki, the trader, Biodun Ilesanmi prevented members of the Federal Task Force on Counterfeit, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods from ascertaining the genuineness of food products sold in the market.

In the two count-charge, the accused, who owns Shops 28 and 29, was said to have committed the offence on September 3.

The second count said Ilesanmi did obstruct officers of NAFDAC in the course of their duties.

Shamaki, who signed the charge on the AGF’s behalf, said the alleged offence contravenes Section 2 (1)(a) and is punishable under 11 (2) of the Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act Cap C34, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The offence also violates Section 25 of NAFDAC Act, Cap N1, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The accused person pleaded not guilty. His counsel, Olugbenga Onalaja moved an oral application for the bail of his client. But the prosecution objected to that.

As a result, Justice Mohammed Yunusa adjourned to September 16 for hearing of Ilesanmi’s bail application.

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