The Police has uncovered a secret fake drug factory hidden in the residential Area of Ikotun in Lagos State, where it says there is substantial production and packaging of suspected fake drugs which is distributed to different parts of the country.
“These dastard acts,” according to Police spokesman, Acting Deputy Commissioner Jimoh Moshood, “may have resulted in several deaths, health complications and physical disabilities to many victims nationwide.”
He adds: “The hideout where the suspected fake drug is being illegally produced on No. 2, Okunnenye Street, Ikotun Egbe Area, Lagos State was raided on 13th December, 2018 by operatives of the IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT) led by the Commander of the Unit, DCP Abba Kyari….
“The suspects were caught and arrested in the act of producing the suspected fake drugs with the use of machines fabricated for processing, manufacturing and packaging of the suspected fake drugs.
“The suspects confessed to the crime and admitted to the various criminal roles they played in the processing, manufacturing and packaging of suspected fake drugs.
“Investigation is on-going and efforts being intensified to arrest the other suspects still at large. All suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.”
The arrested suspects are 47 years old owner of the factory Emeka Madu a.k.a Cabara; 26 years old Eze Young; 22 years old Kingsley Obilo; and 19 years old Chijoke Umunna who are described as staff in the suspected fake drug manufacturing factory.
Among the exhibits found with the suspects are: plastic buckets of different types of fake drugs; Cartons of packed fake drug for distribution; a vehicle being used for the distribution of the suspected fake drugs; a large quantity of unprocessed cassava flour, coloring chemicals and other substances used in manufacturing the fake drugs.
Others are several machines fabricated for processing, manufacturing and packaging of the suspected fake drug; as well as forged pharmaceutical papers.