May 25, 2024

May 25, 2024

Couple Nabbed By Police For Alleged Production, Distribution Of Fake Alcoholic Drinks In Lagos

Operatives of the Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, Lagos, have arrested a couple for alleged production and distribution of various adulterated alcoholic beverages.

Zonal Public Relations Officer SP Umma Ayuba confirmed the arrest in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos.

She said the crackdown occurred on April 4, when a team of detectives from the Zone 2 Raider Section, led by CSP Ngozi Braide, conducted a raid on a residence in Muibi Olawumi Close, off Ayetoro-Itele Road, Ado-Odo-Ota LGA, Ogun State.

“Acting on intelligence, the officers discovered an illicit operation producing counterfeit wines, liquor, champagne, and other alcoholic drinks, ” she said.

Ayuba said the raid yielded significant incriminating evidence.

“The evidence includes unlabeled and branded bottles of suspected adulterated alcoholic drinks, various containers filled with mixtures suspected to be ingredients for the adulterated beverages.

“Also, equipment used in the production process, such as pumping machines, funnels, and sealing machines.

“Other items include brand label of Del-Mud, Del-Mud Royal, Smooth Brandy wine drinks in packs, a funnel containing a white handkerchief (used as filter) and corkscrew among various other production and branding items, ” she said.

The Zonal PRO said that one Margret Austine was apprehended at the scene and she confessed to having been involved in the illegal operation for about six years, alongside her husband, Austine Idemudia, aka Baba Joshua.

“Margret, who confessed to the crime, confirmed that their adulterated finished products are sold to buyers across Lagos and Ogun states, ” she said.

She added that the zone is actively investigating the case and will release further information to the general public as soon as possible.

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