NAFDAC Arraigns Trader Over Obstruction Of Officials


The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Saturday, September 12, 2015, arraigned a trader, Biodun Ilesanmi, before the Federal High Court, Lagos for willfully obstructing its officials who went to Mile 12 Market for inspection carrying out their lawful duties.

According to the prosecution counsel, Umaru Shamaki, 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 in the popular Mile 12 market, committed the offence on September 3, 2015.

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

Shamaki, who signed the charge on behalf of the Attorney General of the Federation said the offence was in contravention of 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.


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