A 47-year-old man, Emeka Madu, aka Cabara, a principal suspect arrested by police over operating an illegal factory where they produce fake drugs, said he supplies his goods to Onitsha market. The suspect who operates his illegal factory at an uncompleted building, No. 2, Adebayo Muyili Street, Kudaki Road, Egbe, Lagos, said that some of his customers in Onitsha market know that his drugs fake but buy them because they are cheap. According to him:”
I am the owner of the factory. I am a primary school certificate holder. I learnt the trade from a friend, called Dozie, who is now late. I started my own business about four years ago. Although I am not a pharmacist or a chemist the medicine 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. And I have not really made too much money but at least, I have made little. I am not the owner of the building where I am operating for now. I too use some of the drugs because they are not fake and my wife and children take too because they are not totally fake”. Other suspects are Eze Young,26, Chijioke Umunna,19 and Kingsley Obilo, 22, all staff of Cabara. Speaking with pressmen, the Force Public Relations Officer, Ag. DCP Jimoh Moshood, who paraded the suspects at the factory premises said that operatives on the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team(IRT) uncovered an illegal factory where they produce fake drugs.
Moshood said that the IRT working on credible intelligence stormed and raided the secret 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. He added that the dastardly act might have resulted in several deaths, health complications, and physical disabilities of many victims nationwide.
Moshood explained the hideout where the fake drugs were produced was raided on December 23, 2018 by IRT led by the commander of the unit, DCP Abba Kyari, 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 wary of where they procure food, drugs and drinks as many of them are fake and may cause outright deaths led by the commander of the unit, DCP Abba Kyari, 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 wary 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 lawsuit, ” he said. He appealed to members of the public to 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 authorisation. Recovered from the scene were cartons of different fake drugs, large quantities of unprocessed chemical substances used in manufacturing drugs, several machines fabricated for processing, manufacturing and packaging of fake drugs, forged pharmaceutical papers, plastic buckets of different types suspected to be fake drugs.