NAFDAC arraigns Chinese for illegal importation and sale of fake diapers

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control on Monday arraigned a Chinese at the Federal High Court, Awka, Anambra State, for alleged illegal importation and sale of fake diapers.

NAFDAC said the Chinese, Lu Pengqing, allegedly imported, sold the counterfeit product without registration.

Pengqing, however, pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

The prosecutor, Mr. Umar Shamaki, said Pengqing was arrested with the unregistered and counterfeit diapers on Awka Road, Onitsha in Anambra on February 10, 2015, while distributing the products to “unsuspecting members of the public.”

He urged the court to remand the accused in custody and order the confiscation of his passport during the trial.

Counsel for the accused, Mr Emeka Nathaniel, however, argued that his client did not import or sell counterfeit and unregistered products as alleged. He prayed the court to grant him a “lenient and favourable bail.”

In his ruling, Justice Gafa’I Bature, granted the accused bail.

Bature adjourned till May 6, 2015.

Credit: Emmanuel Obe/Punch Metro