A 50-year-old man, identified as Patrick Okonkwo, has been arraigned in an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly meddling with the expiring date of a medication gel.

The police charged the defendant, an unlicensed drug merchant, with three counts of conspiracy, fraud and drug tampering.

However, defendant, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The prosecutor, A.C. Nwabuisi, told the court that the defendant committed the offence sometime in July, at Abeo Street, Surulere, Lagos.

“The suspect used white paints to interfere with the expiration dates a medication known as “Retin A gel”, knowing very well of its harm if innocent users use it.

Nwabuisi said “The offences contravened the provisions of sections 160, 166 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015,”

Chief Magistrate A.O. Oshoniyi acknowledged the defendant to bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

The case was adjourned till October 18, 2021 for mention.