A Federal High Court sitting in Asaba has sentenced a father and his son, to 11 years imprisonment for using ethanol to produce local gin, better known as ‘Ogogoro’ in Ogume area of Delta state.
The convicts, Isaac Uti, 58 and his son, Jonathan Uti, 28, were arrested by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, in September 2015 when the agency’s officials led by the Director Enforcement Directorate, Kingsley Ejiofor with detachment of policemen raided them while preparing and selling the illicit product. The local gin was said to have been processed under insanitary condition.
The offence was said to have contravened Section 1 of 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.
The offence also contravenes 1(3) of the Food and Drug Act. CAP F32 LFN and punishable under 17(1) of the same act.
They were found guilty of three-count charge, out of five-count charge against them.
Justice O. A. Faji, in his ruling, said he considered the effect such unwholesome practice might have had on consumers.
“This act must have impaired people’s health and putting their life at great risk,” he said.
Adumen Jumbo Washington, NAFDAC counsel hailed the judgment attributing it to diligent prosecution. He said the judgment will serve as a deterrent to other producers who were out to undermine the health of unsuspecting Nigerians.