From Osakhare Erese, Asaba
A 35 year-old fake drugs manufacturer, Osita Paul Ely was yesterday sentenced to five years imprisonment without option of fine by a Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, Delta State.
Osita Paul Ely had been standing trail since 2015 for being fake drugs manufacturer and other related act in Asaba.
He was said to have been arrested at his residence in Asaba by operatives of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on a tip-off who also recovered cartons of fake drugs and machines for production before he was handover to the Police for prosecution.
While he was taken to court, Osita Paul Ely had initially pleaded not guilty to a 7-count charge preferred against him, but later admitted guilt during court proceedings that he indulged in drugs’ manufacturing business to ekes a living and meet up his financial demands.
Osita Paul Ely, a graduate of Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, had also claimed to be first offender through his counsel, Mr. Emeka Orji and pleaded for his leniency.
But the presiding Judge, Justice Anthony Faji delivery his ruling, found the accused guilty in all the counts, especially as he admitted guilt during cross examination, adding that in view of the evidence, circumstance and the accuse admission to the charges, it was clear that rather than growing the economy of the country as graduate of Economics, increases the population of the people in the hospital and the dead at the mortuary.
Noting that the accused person abused privileges of education, Justice Faji therefore, sentenced him to 5 years custodian jail without option of fine.