The police in Edo State have arrested a chemist, Ifeanyi Orji (56) for selling expired drugs to the public in Benin City.
The command’s spokesperson, SP Chidi Nwanbuzor, said, “The police received an intelligence report that the suspect specialise in selling fake drugs to the people at Iguadolo community. A search was carried out on the chemist and expired drugs in large quantities were recovered.
While disclosing that the recovered expired drugs included amlodipine, diclofenac injection, gentamicin, tramadol and syringe and needles, Chibuzor said investigation revealed that the suspect had been dealing in expired drugs for a long time.
Meanwhile, in an interview with journalists, Orji said the expired drugs were found in his house and not shop.
He explained that, “The police stormed my shop and said they wanted to search my shop. After searching the shop without seeing anything incriminating, they said I should take them to my house where they found the expired drugs.
“I am not selling expired drugs. I removed the drugs from the shop with the intention of destroying them, but before I could do that the police came and arrested me.
“I am a member of the Patient Medicine Dealers Association (PMDA) and I don’t deal in expired drugs.”