NAFDAC Arraigns Trader over Alleged Importation of Fake Chicken Seasonings, Others
Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City
A 41-year-old trader, Nnabueze Chibuike was yesterday arraigned before a Federal High Court in Benin City, Edo State on two court charge of alleged possession and importation of large quantities of Mivina Chicken seasonings.
The case which came up for first hearing is between the Federal Republic of Nigeria as (complainant) and Nnabueze Chibuike, as Defendant is contained in suit No: FHC/B/195C/2022.
The accused pleaded not guilty when the charges against him were read before Justice S.M. Shuaibu.
They included: “That you Nnabueze Chibuike, Male, Adult, 41 years old of No 20 Arondizugu Street Fegge, Onitsha, Anambra State, on or about the 11th day of November, 2022, at your factory at No 22, Nekpen-Nekpen , Benin City, Edo State, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable court, was found in possession of unwholesome Processed Food to wit: Mivina chicken seasoning and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(a) of the counterfeit and fake drugs and unwholesome Processed Foods (Miscellaneous Provision) Act, Cap . C34, LFN 2004 and punishable under section 3 of the same Act
“That you Nnabueze Chibuike , Male, Adult, 41 years old of No 20 Arondizugu street Fegge, Onitsha, Anambra State, on or about the 11th day of November, 2022, at your factory, at No 22, Nekpen-Nekpen , Benin City, Edo State, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable court, did import unregistered Processed Food to wit: Mivina Chicken seasoning, from Cotonou, Benin Republic and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1( 1) of the Food, Drugs and Related Products ( Registration, E.T.C) ACT, Cap. F33. LFN.2004 and Punishable under Section 6 of the same Act.
Counsel to the Defendant, Razak .O. Isenalumhe, pleaded with the presiding Judge to grant client bail on the ground that he responded to the invitation by NAFDAC without being arrested, while the lawyer to NAFDAC, Okoli Chinyere, said the accused should be kept in their custody till the next hearing.
However, Justice Shaibu in his ruling fixed 6th, December, 2022. to hear the bail application.
Head of NAFDAC, Benin, Mrs. Esther Itua in an interview said the investigation started from Lagos to Onitsha, where it was later discovered that the main source was coming from Edo State.
According to her, “In the warehouse, our team discovered not only Mivina chicken spices but other expired products were also found there including packaging materials and production area was also discovered.”