Economics Graduate Jailed 5 Years for Distribution of Fake Malaria Drugs

“A graduate of Economics should be looking at ways of growing our economy and not increasing the population of people at the hospitals, mortuaries and cemeteries. This is an abuse of the privilege of education,” he said. 

 

A graduate of Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Osita Paul Ely, has been sentenced to five years imprisonment by a Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, Delta State, for possession and distribution of fake anti-malaria drugs.

Osita who was arrested last year at his residence in Asaba, by operatives National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), was arraigned on a seven-count charge bothering on possession, packaging, importation, labelling  and distribution of fake drugs and unregistered products.

In count one, Osita was found to be in possession of “fake drugs to wit: Rysovin – 500, Buscomac – 10mg, Maloxine, Lumartem, Lofnac – 100.”

He pleaded guilty to the said count one, which led to the striking out of other charges.

According to the Prosecution, the offense runs contrary to Section 1 of the Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Food (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act CAP C34 LFN 2004 and punishable under Section 3(a) of the same act.

Delivering judgment, the Presiding Judge, Justice A. O. Faji, said it was sad for a graduate to engage in such illegal activities that could have resulted in the death of other Nigerians.

‎He wondered how many Nigerians would have been affected by the action of Osita if he had not been apprehended.

“A graduate of Economics should be looking at ways of growing our economy and not increasing the population of people at the hospitals, mortuaries and cemeteries. This is an abuse of the privilege of education,” he said.

Justice Faji held that the fake drugs which lacked the major anti-malaria and anti-bacteria components have serious detrimental effects on persons as well as serious environmental impacts on the society.

He therefore sentenced the convict to five years imprisonment which is the minimum custodian sentence for such offense as stipulated in Section 3 of the Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Food (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act. CAP C34 LFN 2004.

Author: News Editor

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