The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has secured the conviction of father and son who uses ethanol in the production of local gin popularly known as ogogoro or kai-kai, in Ogume community, Delta State.
They were convicted of possession/production of unwholesome processed food and storage of same under insanitary condition.
In a statement signed by Cyril Monye Public Relation Officer NAFDAC South-South zone, said Justice O. A. Faji of the Federal High Court Asaba sentenced Isaac Uti, 58 and his son Jonathan Uti, 28 to 14 and 11 years imprisonment respectively.
They were found guilty of three out of the five-count charge preferred against them for possession of unwholesome processed food which contravenes 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 Section 17(1) of the same Act.
The second defendant, Isaac Uti was sentenced to seven years imprisonment each on count 1 and 2 without any option of fine while he got 18 months jail term and a fine of N250,000 on the 5th count charge.
The first defendant, Jonathan Uti was sentenced to five years imprisonment each on count 1 and 2 while he got 18 months sentence on count 5 without any option of fine. All the jail terms are to run concurrently.
Justice Faji in passing the judgment said that he considered the debilitating effect such unwholesome practice might have had on those consuming the product. “This act must have impaired people’s health and putting their lives at great risk,” he stated.
The long walk to jail for the father and son started sometime in September 2015 when NAFDAC Enforcement operatives led by the Director Enforcement Directorate, Mr Kingsley Ejiofor, with a detachment of policemen swooped on them while preparing and selling the illicit product in Ogume community in Ndokwa Local Government Area of Delta State.