Thursday, March 10

Guinness pays N11.4m fine, withdraws suit against NAFDAC

Guinness Nigeria Plc has filed a notice to discontinue a suit it filed to challenge the N1bn fine imposed on it by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control in November last year.
In a statement on Thursday, one Okey Nwachukwu  said Guinness had paid N11.4m to the agency as administrative and service charges after opting to withdraw its suit filed before Justice W. Animahun of a Lagos State High Court in Igbosere.

According to Punch, Guinness had headed for the court seeking to enforce the violation of its right to fair hearing against NAFDAC following a November 9, 2015 notice of sanction issued on it by NAFDAC.


Nwachukwu, in a statement on Thursday, however, said he could confirm that Guinness had filed a notice to discontinue the fundamental rights action. According to him the discontinuance of the suit was pursuant to a “letter dated 15th February 2016 from NAFDAC to the company which was stated to supersede the decisions contained in the Agency’s letter dated 9th November 2015.”

“As part of the resolution, NAFDAC would be present during the destruction of the expired raw materials in its rented warehouse and both parties agreed that this would be the procedure for the exercise in future.

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