Guards, workers steal drugs worth N56M from company

Three staff members of a pharmaceutical company have been arrested for conniving with security men to steal drugs worth N56 million from the firm.

The suspected pharmacy thieves

The trio of Emmanuel Okechukwu, Ikechukwu Orji, and Chisom Azubuke, were arrested by the Zone 2 Police Division of the Command for allegedly conniving among themselves to steal the drugs belonging to Peakins Pharmaceutical Company Limited.

Aside from the three workers, two others suspects who were security guards in the estate the company is located, Uchechukwu Ofoepeka and Goddy Ogobi, were also arrested.

It was gathered that the owner of the company, Isaac Ugwu, had caught one of the workers, Okechukwu, with a carton of a drug valued at N400,000 as he was taking it away from the company’s warehouse on Plot C, Mobolaji Johnson Estate, Lekki.

Ugwu was said to have reported the matter at the Zone 2 Command through a petition to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Abdulmajid Ali.

The Command's spokesperson, SP Muyiwa Adejobi, said during interrogation, Okechukwu's confessions led to the arrest of the other suspects.

“Upon interrogation, all the suspects confessed to the crime and revealed that the nefarious act had been going on since May 2016.

It was discovered that about 102 cartons of LORNAT DS tablets, valued at N39.7m; 200 cartons of FUNBACT ‘A’ valued at about N16m; and five cartons of PAALAXIN tablets valued at N200,000, totaling about N55,980,000 had been stolen from the company.”

Adejobi said the suspects had been arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court on two counts of conspiracy and stealing, contrary to sections 409 and 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.

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