The operatives of the Lagos State police command, led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Pen Cinema Division, Pius Edobor, a Superintendent of Police, have arrested one Emmanuel Nwodu, aged 38, of Fagba, Iju area, who specializes in manufacturing fake beverages and adulterated alcoholic drinks.
The state police spokesman, Chike Oti, who made the disclosure, noted that the suspect was arrested by the police team along Mosalashi market, Sango Agege, with two cartons of alcoholic drinks suspected to be adulterated.
According to Oti, “On interrogation, the suspect confessed that he produces the drinks in his one-room shop at Mosalashi market, Agege.
He later led operatives to the said shop at Mosalashi market where he concocts the drinks.
A search warrant was executed and the following items were recovered: two 30 litres of chemical suspected to be ethanol, two cartons of Elders Aromatic Schnapps suspected to be fake, 51 small bottles of Chelsea dry gin suspected to be fake, 35 pieces of Chelsea cork, five labels of Lords, Chelsea and Elders alcoholic drinks”.
The suspect was charged to court yesterday. It would be recalled that on April 3, 2018, at Ajuwon market, Mushin, the police also arrested and prosecuted a 55-year-old trader, Benjamin Ojukwu, involved in the production and distribution of fake wine and alcoholic drinks.
Also, on April 11, 2018, the Commissioner of Police, CP Edgal Imohimi, led operatives to arrest the owners of an illegal brewery, valued at over N120 million, where fake stout and malt drinks were produced at Igbogbo Bayeku area of Ikorodu. The factory was subsequently closed down by the authorities.
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State has directed all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and heads of investigating outfits in the state to take the issue of public safety and security seriously by looking out for those behind this type of trade and ensure their arrest and prosecution.
He hinted that the preponderance of kidney diseases and other diseases of the vital organs may not be unconnected with the intake of these adulterated products produced by these unscrupulous individuals,” Oti said.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State police boss has urged Lagosians to always contact the command whenever they notice anything untoward in their environment for prompt action.