26-year-old suspected fake drugs manufacturer arrested in Bauchi

Nigerian police

Police in Bauchi have arrested a 26-year-old man suspected to be fake drugs manufacturer.

BauchI police spokesman, Kamal Datti, told newsmen on Saturday that Victor Oguwa was arrested on June 13 at a ‘black sport’ at Gwallameji area of the state.

Mr Datti said the police recovered 71 bottles of locally-produced codeine, 30 bottles of Tutolin, one carton of ORS used for codeine production and one pot of codeine ready for refilling.

He said they also recovered 100 empty scavenged bottles, 60 top cover of bottles and 120 product name tags.

The spokesman said the case was still being investigated and that Mr Oguwa would be prosecuted afterwards.

Speaking with journalists, the suspect denied manufacturing fake drugs. He claimed that he was “set up to pay for those items not knowing what was inside and what it was meant for.”

Oguwa said: “I paid N140, 000 that my friend from Onitsha asked me to pay and collect the goods before he comes from his journey, not knowing that police are coming to arrest me.

“In fact, I don’t know anything about fake drugs manufacturing; it was unfortunate he involved me in to that.”