Court orders Barewa Pharmaceuticals, makers of ‘My Pikin Syrup’ to be liquidated & assets forfeited”
A Federal High Court in Lagos has ruled that Barewa Pharmaceuticals, manufacturer of the deadly My Pikin Syrup, be wound up; and its asset forfeited to the federal government.
Justice Okechukwu Okeke who delivered the judgement , also sentenced Adeyemo Abiodun and Ebele Eromosele, two employees of the company, to seven years imprisonment.
The ruling which was fixed for Thursday, was however shifted to Friday to enable the Justice in charge to conclude writing of the verdict.
Okeke had reserved judgment for Thursday after parties in the suit adopted their written addresses.
The company and two of its employees — Adeyemo Abiodun and Ebele Eromosele – are being prosecuted by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control on a six-count charge.
The accused were re-arraigned on January 7, after the charge was amended following the death of the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Kola Gbadegeshin, who was one of the accused.
NAFDAC said that “My Pikin” killed more than 80 children in Nigeria.
The agency called seven witnesses in the trial, while the defence called one.
According to the prosecution, the offences contravened Section 1 (a) of the Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act No. 25 of 1999.