SON arraigns businessman over 13 containers of substandard cables

A FEDERAL High Court in Lagos on Wednesday remanded in police custody, a businessman, Ifeanyi Okoli, who allegedly imported 120,000 brands of substandard electric cables in 13 containers.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo made the order following Okoli’s arraignment by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) on a three-count charge of conspiracy and importation of substandard goods.

Okoli’s co-defendant in the suit marked FHC/1/388/2019, is Natures Breeze Ltd.

The SON alleged that Okoli, 34, of No 5, Igbeyin Adun Street, Shibiri, Lagos and Natures Breeze of the same address, committed the offence on or about October 31, 2019 and at the latter’s warehouse.

Prosecution counsel, Babatunde Alajogun said both defendants conspired to import “about 120,000 different brands of substandard electric cables in 13 containers which did not comply with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria Mandatory Industrial Standard before importation”.

The offences, Alajogun added, contravened Section 516 of the Criminal Code Act, 2004.

Okoli pleaded not guilty and was remanded in Police Custody, while hearing was adjourned to February 27, 2020.

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