My Pikin syrup: Judge orders prison officials to allow convict seek medical attention

The convict was sentenced to seven years in prison for the sale of adulterated teething mixture.

A Federal High Court in Lagos, on Thursday ordered the officials of the Ikoyi Prison to allow a sick convict, Adeyemo Abiodun, get medical attention.

Mr. Abiodun was sentenced to seven years imprisonment, for the sale of adulterated teething mixture, “My Pikin“.

He was sentenced by Justice Okechukwu Okeke on May 17, alongside one Ebele Eromosele, both employees of Barewa Pharmaceutical Company Ltd., makers of the teething syrup.

Justice Mohammed Idris, gave the order for medical treatment, following the hearing of an exparte application filed on behalf of the convict by his counsel, Osaro Eghobamien.

Mr. Eghobamien in his application, prayed the court to allow the convict whom he said collapsed for the second time in custody, to be admitted in a nearby hospital for proper medical attention.

Justice Idris in his ruling, ordered that the convict be allowed to seek medical attention at the prison’s clinic.

The judge said that “where it is evidence that medical facilities are inadequate in the prison, then permission should be obtained to transfer the convict to a nearby hospital.’’

Mr. Abiodun had initially collapsed in court, during the delivery of judgment by retired Justice Okeke, and was diagnosed of hypertension by the doctor in charge of the Federal High Court.

Mr. Okeke had found the convicts guilty of conspiracy and sale of an adulterated “My Pikin” teething mixture which was said to have killed about 80 children in the country.

The convicts were prosecuted by the National Agency for Foods, Drugs, Administration and Control (NAFDAC), while their counsel had notified that he would appeal against the judgment of Mr. Okeke.


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