Saturday, 12 December 2015

Bill Seeking Life Imprisonment For Fake Drugs Dealers Scales Second Reading

A bill seeking to amend the Counterfeit, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods law in Nigeria, scaled the second reading in the Senate on Thursday.

The amendment Bill, among others prescribes punitive punishment, including life imprisonment for anyone culpable of importing, producing and distributing counterfeit and fake drugs, as well as unwholesome processed foods in the country.

While the old Act on Fake and Counterfeit drugs prescribes only a fine not exceeding N500,000, or imprisonment term of not less than two years for offenders, the Amendment Bill provides for a fine not exceeding N2 million or imprisonment for a term of not less than four years or both fine and imprisonment.

The Amendment Bill championed by Senator Olujimi also canvasses for an increase in the punishment for those who hawk, display, or sell drugs, not duly licensed or registered by appropriate authorities in the country.

Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki has referred the bill to the Committee on Health for next action.

Source- Daily Times Ng

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