Suspects arrested in Lagos for alleged production of adulterated alcohol

The Lagos State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of two suspects, Ogujiofor Emeka and Desmond Chima during a raid on an adulterated alcoholic drink-producing factory at Oko-Arin Market, in the Lagos Island area of the state.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, who confirmed the development to our correspondent, said the suspects usually supplied some of the drinks to Benin Republic.

He explained that the tactical team of the state Commissioner of Police, Adegoke Fayoade, raided the illegal factory on June 4, 2024, adding that several adulterated drinks were recovered.

Hundeyin said, “I can confirm the arrest of two suspects and recovery of suspected adulterated alcoholic drinks on June 4, 2024, around 6 pm.

“We received credible information that a group of boys were sighted at Oko-Arin Market, illegally producing alcoholic drinks. Operatives of the CP tactical team immediately mobilised to the scene and they arrested one Ogujiofor Emeka, 41, and Desmond Chima, 31, in the act while others escaped.

“Items recovered from the suspects include five cartons of Jack Daniels drink, two cartons of black barrel drink, one carton of Williams Lawson drink, one carton of Jameson drink, one carton of Black Label drink, one carton of Remmy Martins, six cartons of empty Glenfiddich bottles, one carton of empty divin Bardar drink, one carton of empty Vodka drink as well as quantities of assorted labels and corks for producing drinks.”

Hundeyin added that preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects often sold illegal adulterated drinks to their customers in Cotonou, Benin Republic, adding that the investigation is ongoing.