2 Nigerian pharmacists will not be allowed to practise pharmacy anywhere in the country for a period of one year and two years respectively, following offences bordering on gross professional misconduct.

The pair - Pharm. Ogbonnaya Emmanuel Nduka and Clifford Osonduagwuike Ogbonna were delisted from the Pharmacists’ Register following their arraignment before the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) Disciplinary Tribunal sitting at the Council’s headquarters, Idu, Abuja.

According to Vanguard, Nduka was arraigned on one count charge of fraudulently using Pharm Ikenna Ezeronye’s licence to register Phoster Pharmacare Ltd. in November 2014, thereby committing an act of gross professional misconduct, punishable under the PCN Act and Code of Ethics for Pharmacists.

Ogbonna was arraigned on a 4-count charge of operating an unregistered premises Oso-Life Pharma Clinic, located at No.161, Bode Road, Jattu-Auchi, Edo State, as a pharmacy and thereby committed an act of gross professional misconduct, contrary to and punishable under the Poisons and Pharmacy Act, PCN Act and PCN’s  Regulation gazette No 81 Vol. 92.

In the second charge, Ogbonna was accused of maintaining and  operating a clinic in an unregistered pharmacy shop and thereby committed an act of gross professional misconduct.

In the third charge, the accused was guilty of operating a pharmacy without a superintendent pharmacist and thereby committed an act of gross professional misconduct.

According to the fourth charge, the accused unlawfully broke the PCN seal after it was placed on the main entrance of the said pharmacy by officers of the Council and thereby committed an act of gross misconduct in professional capacity.

The offences were committed in 2013.

The chairman, Pharm. Bruno Nwankwo who headed the 7-man panel, stated at the end of the sitting that the essence of the punishment was to serve as a deterrent to others who might want to engage in such similar acts of misconducts.