The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has secured the conviction of one Friday Ogbodo, a manufacturer of fake Emzor paracetamol.
The agency’s Media Consultant, Mr Olusayo Akintola, made this known in a statement in Abuja.
Akintola said Ogbode was convicted and sentenced to seven years imprisonment without an option of fine by a Federal High Court in Awka, Anambra.
He recalled that Ogbodo was arrested by the Investigation and Enforcement officers of NAFDAC in his residence at 18, Abagana street, Fegge, Onitsha, Anambra.
Akintola said that Ogbodo was arrested, where he used to falsified Maldox (Sulfadoxine and Pyrimethamine) a brand of anti-malaria tablet manufactured by a registered Nigerian Pharmaceutical Company and was recovered from him.
According to him, the operatives of the agency acted on intelligence information, swooped on the convict in his residence in Onitsha and apprehended him.
He said that the convict confessed that he used to cut Emzor Paracetamol tables and repackaged them as Maldox (Sulfadoxine & Pyrimethamine) and supplied the same to dealers in falsified Medical Products at the Head bridge market, Onitsha.
Akintola quoted the convict as saying he had been in the business of adulterating and falsifying medicines for more than a year, and making huge money from it.
He also quoted NAFDAC Director General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, while reacting to the crime commended the judiciary for rising to the occasion when it was needed.