Tobinco Boss Charged With Obstruction

tobincoThe police have formally charged the Executive Chairman of the Tobinco Pharmaceuticals Company Limited, Samuel Tobin for obstructing police officers from performing their lawful duties.

Security sources said Mr. Tobin reported at the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) yesterday with his lawyers for further investigations.

He would report again on December 16, to assist EOCO with its investigations into issues raised by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).

Mr. Tobin was arrested on Monday and detained at the Nima Divisional Police Command, but released on bail in the night after his lawyers reportedly signed a bond of GH¢1 million for him.

The arrest followed recent confrontations between workers of Tobinco and officials of the FDA, who attempted to lock warehouses belonging to Tobinco for allegedly importing fake drugs into the country.

An attempt by the security agencies to lock up one of the company’s warehouses on the Spintex Road, in Accra was resisted by the workers.

The management of the pharmaceutical giant vehemently denied the allegation but conceded the G-Sunate plus it imported into the country was yet to be clinically tested on humans and  yet to be registered by the Regulator.

The FDA proceeded to lock warehouses belonging to Tobinco, an action the company believes was a witch-hunt.

The controversy was taken to the Presidency, the Judiciary and Parliament for resolution.


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