Uju Ughanze, operator of the illegal brewery (Vanguard)

The Lagos State Police Command has uncovered an uncompleted storey building in Aboru, Lagos, where fake wine and various kinds of beverages are produced.

The Vanguard reported that the producer of the fake wines and beverages is Uju Daniel Ughanze, 48, an Anambra state indigene.

4000 bottles of different brands of the adulterated wine and 1000 empty bottles of popular wines were recovered from the illegal brewery – an uncompleted building which also served as residential apartment for the suspect’s family.

A stack of the illegal wines (Vanguard)

According to the report, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, on an inspection visit to the site, expressed shock and worry over the health implication of the fake drinks on Lagosians, promising that samples of the recovered products would be sent to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, for laboratory analysis

“This matter is an interesting case because it has to do with the health of Lagosians.

“On December 18, 2018, at about 2 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.

Another stack of fake packaged beverages (Vanguard)

“Based on the information, I directed the Area Commander, Area P, Alagbado to mobilize to the scene, and to 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.

” During interrogation, it was discovered that owner of the factory, a secondary school dropout, has neither the requisite qualification nor license to embark on such type of business.”

The culprit, in his response, claimed that he had not yet started selling the drinks and did not intend to do so until he got NAFDAC approval.


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