Woman, 35, earns seven-year imprisonment for selling fake drugs



A Federal High Court, Lagos yesterday sentenced a lady, Clara Onah, 35 to seven years imprisonment over the sale of fake drugs. Onah was charged by the National Agency for Food, Drugs, Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

Onah, a graduate of Microbiology of the University of Nigeria and postgraduate student of Mass Communication, resides at No 12, Mosalashi St., Alagbado Lagos. She was charged on a five-count charge bordering on possession and sale of fake drugs. In the charge, the accused was said to have committed the offence on January 26.

The prosecutor told the court that the accused sold fake brand of 200 mg of Amazon Amagyl Metronidazole tablets to members of the public.
When the charges were read to her, she had pleaded guilty to all. The prosecutor, Mr. Shamaki Umar, had therefore urged the court to remand the accused pending the review of facts.

Yesterday, Umar reviewed the facts of the case and presented the laboratory analysis of the confiscated drugs, which showed that it is fake. The analysis, according to him showed that instead of 200 milligrams, it contains 20 milligrams, beside the fact that it is also fake.

The convict, amidst sobs pleaded for mercy, saying she didn’t know the drugs were fake. But the prosecution urged the court to award maximum sentence on her according to the law because she did the unlawful act intentionally.
He said that the convict is a graduate of Microbiology and therefore knew what she was doing.

In his judgment, Justice (Prof.) Chuka Obiozor, said: “I will give you a second chance as a first offender but those who took your drugs and died have no second chance. You are hereby sentenced to seven years imprisonment at the women wing of the Kirikiri maximum prison on each of the count charges. They are to run concurrently starting from January 26, when she was arrested and detained.”

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