SON ARRAIGNS FAKE LUBRICANT MANUFACTURER

L-R (1)Chizoba Emmanuel in handcuffs being taken back to the Ikoyi Correctional Facility by Inspector Ajibade

In the middle the Suspect Chizoba Emmanuel arriving at Federal High Court. Escorted by the men of the Nigeria Police Force (L) Insp. Omale and (R) Insp. Ajibade

In line with the policy of zero tolerance to substandard products in the Nigerian market, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) arraigned one Mr Chizoba Emmanuel before the Federal High Court, Ikoyi for allegedly producing adulterated and substandard engine oil into the market.

Emmanuel was recently arraigned before Hon. Justice A.O Awogboro on a four-count charge of producing fake engine oil, unlawful and fraudulent possession of SON’s mark of quality, certification number and logo.

According to the charge sheet, the accused also fraudulently inscribed the SON’s mark of quality on the adulterated and substandard engine oil and presented the finished product as Forte Oil a major oil brand in the market which is unlawful.

During the court sitting, SON Principal State Counsel Barrister Ofindare Adeleke recalled that the defendant was arrested by the Police at his factory situated at No. 25 Isoko Street by Sunny Bus Stop, Ojo, Lagos State while producing the fake lubricants on the 16th July 2021 and has since been remanded in detention.

State Counsel, Adeleke, told the court that the defendant was apprehended with SON mark of quality, certification number and logo which were pasted on finished substandard products without the required MANCAP certificate to produce engine oil.

The prosecuting counsel told the court that offences committed by Mr Chizoba contradict and are punishable under section 26; 26 (a) and (b) of the SON Act 2015. And section 1 (18a) (ii) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, CAP M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

The defendant denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty to the charges read before him. The counsel to the defendant U.D Egbim told the court that she was just briefed of the matter and pleaded for another date to enable her to bring the defendants application before the court.

The presiding Judge, Justice Awogboro adjourned the matter till November 29 and 30 2021 for further trial and ordered that the defendant be remanded in the Ikoyi Facility of the Nigeria Correctional Services.



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