By Kayode Adeoti
The magistrate court sitting in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital yesterday docked four (4) Neolife marketers for allegedly selling contraband products of the company.
The accused persons; Akeem Alaka, Yusuf Rasheed Alata, Anifowoshe Saka Suleiman and Akintayo Taofiq were dragged before Magistrate Kudirat Yahya.
They were charged for the offences of Criminal conspiracy contrary to section 96, and punishable under section 97, adulteration of drugs contrary to and punishable under section 138, sale of adulteration drugs contrary to and punishable under section 189, sale of drugs as a different drug of preparation contrary to and punishable under section 190 and causing hurt by means of poison with intent to commit an offence contrary and punishable under Section 249 of the penal code law of Nigeria.
The police First Information Report (FIR) revealed that the second accused, (Alata) was accosted and apprehended by the officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) while hawking a Neolife product labeled ‘Anti-infection solution’
The FIR also stated that the product was mixed with a substance whose main ingredients is used for washing toilet and can also kill germs.
“Further investigation and confessional statement of the accused revealed that the said product is mixture of droplet of insecticide and water which is packaged, labeled and sold out as an anti infection solution with no NAFDAC registration number…
The NSCD prosecutor, Bode Sallas however urged the court not to grant the accused persons bail.
He stressed that the court should allow justice to take its course over the matter.
Barrister Toyin Oloolapo, who represented the accused persons urged the court to discountenance the submission of the prosecutor.
He argued that the accused persons are still presumed innocent until proved otherwise by the court.
Magistrate Yahaya however granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N120,000 each with one surety even as the matter was adjourned to 10th September, 2018.