Court awards N36.5m damages to pharmacy over illegal closure
The Federal High Court in Lagos has awarded N36.53 million to a pharmaceutical firm, Edichart Investments Limited, over the alleged closure and looting of its office.
Other plaintiffs in the suit are Mr Samuel Edih and Mr Alezander Ani Eton.
They sued the Pharmacist Council of Nigeria and the Lagos State Task Force on Counterfeit Processed Food.
The plaintiffs claimed that their pharmacy on 45, Olarunlogbon Street, Antony Village, Lagos, was unlawfully sealed and raided.
Justice Okon Abang held that the defendants’ reason for failing to register the plaintiffs’ pharmacy was not tenable.
The judge agreed with the plaintiffs that the defendants acted outside their powers by sealing, raiding and carting away their’ drugs
The court awarded N35.53million to the plaintiffs against the defendants as special damages and N1million as general damages.
The plaintiffs sued in 2010 following the raiding and closure of the shop.
The plaintiffs said the defendants raided the pharmacy on May 20, 2010 and carted away drugs.
The shop was said to have been shut from May 20 to August 10, 2010 and from December 9, 2010 to August 4, 2011.
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