THIRTY-two-year-old Ifeanyi Udeh has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for alleged production of adulterated fruit wine.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, said on Monday that operatives of the command intercepted the suspect during a stop-and-search duty in Agbowa, in the Ikorodu area of the state.
Imohimi said Udeh confessed to producing the adulterated drinks when interrogated, adding that such product led to health challenges.
The CP said, “The policemen went to the suspect’s apartment and recovered 50 cartons of adulterated alcoholic drinks and other category of drinks. Apart from the fact that it is an offence, this is worrisome because of the health implications of the drinks to members of the public.”
Imohimi urged Lagosians to partner the police to ensure that such activities were halted to save lives.
The suspect, Udeh, said he was on his way to search for customers for his wine when he was accosted by operatives of the command.
The father of two, who said he had produced 254 packs of the alleged adulterated wine, added that he had yet to register the product with relevant authorities.
The Enugu state indigene said, “The fruit wine is my product; the name is Capic, but it is not registered. I will soon get a permit but I don’t have money. I have not supplied anybody yet; this wine cannot kill anybody because I also drink it. This is my first production and I have produced 254 packs so far.
“I don’t have workers; I produced the drink inside the house that I rented in Ikorodu. I plan to sell one pack for N1,000 and one pack contains six bottles of fruit wine.
“I don’t know what to do again; it is just that in Nigeria, if you have brain and you don’t have money, there is nothing you can do. Even if someone advised you to register and you don’t have money, what are you going to do? If I have money, things would not be like this.”
Meanwhile, one Sulaiman Seun, 31, and Olamilekan Olaoluwa, 24, were also arrested for robbing vehicle spare parts dealers on Fashola Estate, in the Sango-Ota area of Ogun State.
The CP said, “One locally-made pistol, cut-to-size gun, four wheels of a Land Rover, two tyres and two batteries were recovered from the scene of the robbery. Investigation is still ongoing with a view to arresting the other members of the gang for prosecution.”