The Operatives of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team, (IRT), has uncovered an illegal Pharmaceutical company operating in Lagos.
The police discovered the company at number 2, Okkunnenye Street, Ikotun Area of the state and four persons including the owner of the illegal company was arrested.
Jimoh Moshood, acting police spokesman, who paraded the suspects at the factory premises said the IRT working on credible intelligence stormed and raided the secret suspected fake factory at Ikotun area of Lagos where substantial production, packaging and, distribution of suspected fake drugs to different parts of the country was being carried out.
Moshood gave the names of the suspects as, Emeka Madu (A.k.A. Cabara) 47; who he described as the owner of the multi-million factory, Eze Young, Chijioke Umunna and, Kingsley Obilo all staff of Cabara.
He said that the act may have resulted on several deaths, health complications, and physical disabilities to many victims nationwide.
He said the hideout where the fake drugs was being produced was raided on December 23 by IRT led by the commander of the unit, DCP Abba Kayari, adding that the IGP Ibrahim Idris has commended IRT and the Lagos State Police Command for their good works in bursting illegal manufacturing factories especially where food, drugs and, drinks are produced.
“The IGP has advised members of the public to be weary of where they procure food, drugs and, drinks as many of them are fake and may cause outright deaths or physical and mental disability.
“The premises has also been sealed and remained sealed till the determination of the law court.”
He said members of the public should endeavour to give information to the police on what is happening in their environment in their own interest, adding that senior police officers have the right to enter any premises and arrest anyone found producing any product without legal documents and authorisation.
Speaking with journalist, Cabara said, “I am a secondary school certificate holder, I learnt the trade from a friend of mine who is now late. I started my own business about four years ago. Although I am not a pharmacist or a chemist, but the medicine I produce is not totally fake as I use quality chemicals to produce it.
“My market is at Onitsha Anambra state, I don’t supply in Lagos. I distribute only in Onitsha and they in turn know where they distribute to. I have not really made too much money but at least, I have made little money I can take the drug and give to my wife and children because it is not totally fake. I try to be genuine, but what I do to make money is instead of 250mg I make my drugs 180mg.
“That is the only offense I have committed but really the drugs are not harmful. Yes, those I supply know that the medicine is fake because I sell to them a little lower than the real drugs.” he added.
Moshood said the police were investigating to know those who produce the medicine packs, those he supplied and other members of his gang. He said the suspects would soon be charged to the Court.
Recovered from the scene were cartons of different fake drugs, large quantities of unprocessed chemical substances used in manufacturing drugs, several machine fabricated for processing, manufacturing and, packaging of fake drugs, forged Pharmaceutical papers, plastic buckets of different types suspected to be fake drugs.