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Police uncover fake wine factory By Njideka Nwachukwu

The Police in Imo State have arrested a man for allegedly operating an illegal wine factory.

Men of the Ambush Squad uncovered the illegal factory recently at Oguelle Atta in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State, run by the man (names withheld) who is in his late 60s.

Upon interrogation, the man claimed that he produced the wine for personal consumption, but it was discovered that he had bottled the wines and spirits in famous labels which were stashed in his factory.

He also claimed that he was licenced by the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) but was forced to fake other brands due to hardship.

The man, who exhibited high spirits when the police came calling, argued that his wine, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, were good for consumption.

“I can make good drinks.  They are not concoction or poison. It is just that I don’t have money to build a big factory”, he said.

The Imo State Police Commissioner, Mohammed Katsina, who led the operations, said that NAFDAC would be contacted as soon as investigations are concluded.

He advised the general public to be very careful of the drinks they buy, and to stay away from crime, especially this Christmas season when Ambush Squad, would be in every corner of all communities.

Items found at the factory were empty and filled bottles of assorted drinks in various popular labels, water tanks, taps, wine corks and label, among other equipment.

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