Latest update: Arrest of former Emzor employee “sweet codeine” who has been on the run since May

Latest update: Arrest of former Emzor employee “sweet codeine” who has been on the run since May

A former employee of Emzor Pharmaceuticals, Chukwunonye Madubuike, who was implicated in a BBC investigation into the illegal sale of addictive drugs, has been arrested. 

According to reports gathered, Madubuike was said to have been arrested in the border town of Idiroko in Ogun state.
He was heading to Cotonou in neighbouring Benin Republic when he was arrested.

In a documentary titled ‘Sweet sweet codeine’, the BBC had revealed how some corrupt officials of big pharmaceutical companies, including Emzor, conspire with distributors to make codeine, a cough syrup, available in the open market .
Madubuike, who was a business development executive at Emzor, illegally sold 60 bottles of codeine syrup to the BBC team who posed as traders, at a hotel in Isolo, Lagos. The BBC team filmed the meeting with Madubuike.

The film was released, the pharmaceutical company sacked Madubuike while the federal government subsequently banned the production and importation of codeine in the country.
But Madubuike has been on the run since the documentary was released in May.

Madubuike confessed to the police that he “was only trying to meet his sales target”, adding that he should have carried out greater checks to verify the identity of the person he was dealing with and “regretted selling controlled substances to unauthorised persons”.
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Codeine is a painkiller which is also capable of giving a euphoric feeling if consumed in large quantities.

It is highly addictive and, taken in excess, can have a devastating impact on the mind and body.

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