Contaminated Drink: Bizman Files N150m Suit Against International Breweries

An Ogun State based businessman, Adeosun Adebayo, has filed a N150m suit against International Breweries Plc before the State High Court, Ijebu- Ode,  over alleged production of contaminated drink, which  led to his ill - health.

Apart from the company, other joined as co defendant in the suit, is the Managing Director, Sharelink Proxy Service Ltd, Ijebu-Ode depot.         
The claimant in the suit instituted through his lawyer  Mr. Wale Ajayi, averred that he bought the beer from the second defendant in Ijebu-Ode  and consumed same on July 20, 2015, after which developed stomach pain, vomiting, stooling,  hypertension amongst others which led to his  admission in hospital.       

Adebayo in his averment said on July 18 , 2015, was returning from a journey to Ijebu-Ode, purchased two creates of Trophy beer, a product of the first defendant from the second defendant, for consumption.   
 The claimant averred that after drinking the product, he felt some sediments object in his mouth and stopped half way, to take a closer look at the contents of the product.             
 He averred that on a close examination he found out that the bottle contained particles called microbial growth, adding that he emitted the object which was discovered to be decomposed particles.         

The claimant also stated that two other unopened trophy beer bottles,  he purchased on the said date also contained decomposed sediments of particles known as white crystal and microbial growth.           

Averred that the product was tested in the laboratories and the laboratory analysis and investigations carried out by the medical doctors and laboratory scientists proved that the product was unfit for human consumption.
However,  the first defendant in its response, throughhis lawyer Mr Omotayo Adetona denied that the product that was consumed by the claimant was not from its brewing facility, adding that if the product was its facility, it must have been tampered with either by the claimant of any other person with a view of making phony claims against the first defendant.       
 The second defendant through its lawyer Mrs Theodora Suraju in its response  did not denied that the claim of the claimant.
 The second defendant admitted selling the product to the claimant.
 It averred that the first defendant delivered 680 crates of trophy beer to its store and 82 crates of the product had decomposed particles and sediment which was recorded in fill/ linkages column of the returns waybill.   

It also said that while the goods were being offloaded from the first defendant’s vehicle and the second defendant’s employee were offloading the goods, customers started purchasing immediately and the claimant was among the first set of customers, who purchased from the new arrivals.              

Consequently Justice Sonia Akinbiyi adjourned the matter to April 6. 

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