Former Vice-Chancellor of Benson Idahosa University, Professor Ernest Izevbigie, has dragged the Nigerian Breweries, NB Plc, before an Edo State High Court over allegation that one of the brewing company’s products, Amstel Malta, was responsible for the decline in his health.
In the suit number, B/281/2017, through his lawyer, Mr. Okonkwo Emmanuel, of Henry Idahagbon and Co Chamber, Prof. Izevbigie, accused Nigerian Breweries of deception saying its inscription of “low sugar,” on the container of Amstel Malta was misleading.
The Professor of Chemistry said on account of the information on Amstel Malta’s containers he became a regular drinker of it, adding that it latter dawned on him that the drink contained high sugar when he had medical check-up and discovered an increase in his blood sugar level.
He claimed that laboratory investigation revealed that the product contained more sugar than the company claimed in the inscription on the brand urging the court to order the company to tender a written apology as the he had been injured by the alleged deception.
During cross-examination on Tuesday by the counsel to the defendant, Mr. L. O. Ogiefere, the claimant told the court that malt did not merit the “low sugar” label, according to clinical research.
According to Izevbigie, the drink allegedly contained 10 cubes of sugar as against the 10 and a half to 10 one-quarter cubes contained in other malt drinks which did not have the inscription.
The presiding judge adjourned the matter till June 28 for the defendant to open its case.