The National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control, (NAFDAC), has arraigned a popular traditional medical practitioner, Mr. Olayemi Lateef, before a Federal High Court, Lagos, for allegedly producing fake and counterfeit sex enhancing drugs.
NAFDAC in a six-count charge, stated that the accused who is a leader of the Psychotherapists Association of Nigeria (PAN), was alleged to have on January 23, 2018, at 1, Kolaq Street, Denro Road, Kolaq Bus Stop, Ojodu Berger, Lagos, manufactured fake drugs “Libigal for men and Universur D’ Booster.”
Charge two, according to Daily Trust, reads “That you Olayemi Lateef, Male, of Kolaq Street, Isasi-Akute, Ogun State, on or about January 23, 2018, at the same address within the jurisdiction of the court, was found in possession of fake drugs to with: Libigal for Men and Universur D’ Booster contrary to section 1(a) of the Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods( Miscellaneous Provisions) Act , Cap, C34, LFN 2004 punishable under Section 3(1)(a) of the same Act.”
Count three of the charge read “That you Olayemi Lateef, at the same time and place, did advertise the said fake and counterfeit drugs Libigal for Men and Universur D” Booster an offence punishable under the same Act.”
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge and the prosecution represented by Mr Adumen Jombo asked the court for a trial date.
In moving the application for bail, Opara told the court of the health challenges of the defendant which he said had defied orthodox medicine and that Olayemi now relied on traditional medicine for his treatment. He added that such traditional medicine were not available in the prison for the treatment of defendant.
Opara further submitted that his client had always submitted himself to court when ever the matter came up since he was granted administrative bail, and that there was no likelihood that he will jump bail if granted.
The lawyer to the accused added that the law presumed that his client was innocent until proved otherwise by the court; this he said, makes the balance of convenience tilt in favour of the defendant.
He, therefore, urged the court to grant bail to his client.
After listening to the submission of the lawyer on the bail application, Justice Ayotunde Faji, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N5 million with two sureties in the like sum.
The judge also ordered that the sureties must show to court evidence of three years tax payment, means of livelihood and have their addresses verified by the court’s registrar.
Justice Faji while adjourning the matter till May 21 and 22, 2018 for trial, however ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of the bail terms.