Court sentences man for repackaging fake drugs in Kano

Court sentences man for repackaging fake drugs in Kano

A Federal High Court in Kano has sentenced a 41-year-old man, Innocent Oparah, to three years jail term for endangering the lives of innocent consumers through the circulation of fake drugs.



Equally important, Oparah was charged to court for labeling paracetamol as Quinine Sulphate & Nivaquine (Chloroquine) tablets.



Specifically, the suspect was nabbed at D222 Sabon Gari Market, Kano.



The court was presided over by Justice Ibrahim Mark in the case with charge No FHC/KN /51/2019.



In a statement signed by the Resident Media Consultant of the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control; Sayo Akintola, on Sunday, July 31, 2022; Oparah was on Friday sentenced to three years with an option of a N200,000 fine.





Count one stated, “That you, Innocent Okparah on or about October 20, 2018; at the above address within the jurisdiction of this honorable court was found in possession of fake drugs; thereby, committed an offence contrary to section 1(a) of the Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods (miscellaneous provisions) Act; Cap C34, LEN 2004 and punishable under section 3 (1) (a) of the same Act.’’



The statement read in part; “Innocent Oparah was also prosecuted for illegally labeling Quinine Sulphate and Nivaquine Chloroquine 100mg; in a manner that was false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 5 (a) of the Food and Drugs Act; Cap F32, LFN 2004 and punishable under section 17 of the same Act.




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“The convict was arrested on October 20, 2018; with some drug products and Paracetamol label that was changed to Quinine and Nivaquine.


“In collaboration with the members of National Association of Patent & Proprietary Medicine Dealers; officers of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control had, upon intelligence information; swooped on the Sabon Gari market in Kano where the convict was picked up.



“Four boys were met at his shop changing labels of paracetamol with that of quinine…The boys confessed that it was Innocent a.k.a. INNO that owned the products.





“The boys called Innocent Oparah on phone…He later came and met them at the shop where he accepted ownership of the products.



“The analyst found the two drugs unsatisfactory for human use…The content of the Quinine Sulphate was lower than expected and the manufacturer’s address was not indicated on the product label.



”The analysis report of Nivaquine Chloroquine 100Mmg tablet was not satisfactory; as the friability test was out of specification and tablet breaking. Also, percentage content of chloroquine was lower than expected and the manufacturer’s address was incomplete. The Quinine and Nivaquine are not registered by NAFDAC.


“The presiding judge noted that innocent’s action was inimical to the general wellbeing of the people of Nigeria.”

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