14 December 2013

Nigeria: Two Docked for Alleged Counterfeiting of NAFDAC-Registered Herbal Mixture

Two men were on Saturday charged before an Itire Magistrate's Court in Lagos, over the alleged forgery and counterfeiting of a NAFDAC registered herbal mixture.

The accused, Uchenna Opara, 45, and Tochukwu Ugonna, 30, are facing a five-count charge of conspiracy, forgery, impersonation and unlawful possession.

Mr. Opara resides at No, 5, Olalero St., Ramoni Bus Stop, Lawanson Road, Itire, Lagos, while Ugonna, lives at No, 25, Odoola St., Off Governor Road, Ikotun, Lagos.

The Prosecutor, Inspector Olakunle Shonibare, alleged that the accused committed the offences on June 3, at Dayo Ojutiku St., Lagos.

Mr. Shonibare explained that the accused, with others at large, conspired to make a fake version of one Emmanuel Adubasim's herbal mixture.

The trade mark name of the original herbal mixture, 'Dr. Nando's Double 77 Keys' was converted to 'power herbal mixture'.

He said the accused also forged the complainant's documents with NAFDAC registration number 04-750IL and impersonated him by presenting themselves as makers of his products.

He further stated that the accused had in their possession instruments and materials used for forgery.

The prosecutor said that the offences contravene Sections 409, 380, 368, 363, and 374 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against them and were granted bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties each.

The Chief Magistrate, A.O. Gbajumo adjourned the case till December 16, for mention.

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