The operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a suspect for illegal brewing of fake wine and assorted beverages in a factory in located at Aburo, Oke Odo, Alagbado, Lagos mainland yesterday, Wenesday, December 19, 2018.
According to the Police, the suspect, Uju Daniel Ughanze was arrested with 4000 bottles of the adulterated wine of different brands, 1000 empty bottles of popular wines used by the producer were seized in the building that serves as his residential apartment and factory.
Speaking on the arrest, the State Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal, expressed his worry over the implication of the fake wine on the health of Lagosians, adding that the products have been sent to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for laboratory analysis.
He noted that the building where the suspect was arrested has been sealed till after the investigation is completed.
According to him; “This matter is an interesting case because it has to do with the health of Lagosians. On December 18, 2018, at about 2:00 pm, the Command received credible information that there exists a fake wine/brewery in an uncompleted storey building at Aboru area of Oke Odo, Lagos, where assorted wine and alcoholic beverages were being produced.”
He continued that: “Based on the information, I directed the Area Commander, Area P, Alagbado to mobilize to the scene, search and seal off the factory. When the team arrived the scene, they executed a search warrant which enabled them to search and recover the following items: 4000 bottles of already produced, packed and labelled adulterated wine of different brands. 1000 empty bottles, drums of different sizes and various chemicals and reagents used as raw materials and other tools used in the production of fake wine/ beverages.”
Further investigation revealed that the suspect, a secondary school dropout, had no requisite qualification or license to operate such business.
Meanwhile, the suspect argues that he has not commenced sales as he was awaiting NAFDAC’S approval. “I am a creative minded person and all I do here is the production of fruit based drinks. I have not started selling because I am yet to get approval from NAFDAC,” he said.