Emzor: How we arrested wanted staff who distributes codeine – Police

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A former employee of Emzor Pharmaceuticals Ltd who has been on the run was on Wednesday arrested by the police for alleged unlawful distribution of controlled substances.

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Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Edgal Imohimi, who made the disclosure to newsmen in Lagos, said that Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries had on May 1, reported the case of an employee, allegedly distributing controlled substances in breach of the Drug Laws of Nigeria.

“It was alleged that while in the employment of Emzor, the subject had access to limited quantities of Emzolyn with Codeine for the purpose of distribution to licensed retail pharmacies under his assigned territory.

“Due to greed for money, he knowingly supplied these controlled drugs to persons who are not supposed to have access to them in contrary to the dictates of the drug laws of Nigeria.

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“The suspect, who has been on the run since May, was eventually arrested by the operatives of the command attached to Area ‘D’ Headquarters, at Idi Iroko border town of Ogun, while trying to escape into Cotonou, Benin Republic.

“You will recall that the BBC did a broadcast on the activities of the subject, who was caught on camera selling restricted drugs to an undercover investigator.

“In his statement, he averred that he was only trying to meet his sales target and that the investigator was introduced to him by one Pascal as a genuine businessman without verifying the former’s identity as a Pharmacist.

“He regretted selling controlled substances to unauthorised persons,” the CP said.

He added that investigation was ongoing and that the suspect would be charged to court as soon as possible.