A 50-year-old man, Patrick Okonkwo, has been arraigned in an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly tampering with the expiration date of a medication gel.
The police charged the defendant, an unlicensed drug merchant, with three counts of conspiracy, fraud and drug tampering.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The prosecutor, A.C. Nwabuisi, told the court that the defendant committed the offence sometime in July, at Abeo Street, Surulere, Lagos.
“The defendant used white paints to tamper with the expiration dates on a medication known as “Retin A gel”, knowing very well of its harm if innocent users use it.
“The offences contravened the provisions of sections 160, 166 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015,” Nwabuisi said.
Chief Magistrate A.O. Oshoniyi admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.
The case was adjourned till October 18, 2021 for mention.