A man, Chizoba Emmanuel, was today arraigned by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) before a Lagos Federal High Court, for allegedly producing adulterated and substandard engine oil of Forte Oil, Ammasco Oil and Others.
Chizoba was arraigned before the court presided over by Justice Abimbola Awogboro, in a charge marked FHC/L/153c/2021, on a four-count charge of producing of fake engine oil, unlawful and fraudulent possession of SON’s mark of quality, Certification Number and Logo and fraudulently inscribed same on the adulterated and substandard Engine Oil he produced.
The defendant, a resident of No. 26 Olufemi Street Mosafejo, Ojo, Lagos, according to the prosecutor, Jaiye Olofindare, while arraigning the defendant said, he was arrested on July 16, 2021, at 25, Isoko Street, By Sunny Bus Stop, Ojo Lagos State, where he was producing the adulterated and substandard engine oil.
Olorindare also told the court that during the arrest, the defendant was in possession of SON mark of quality, Certification Number and Logo, which he was inscribing on the adulterated and substandard oil he manufactured.
He also informed the court that the defendant failed to comply with the SON’s Conformity Assessment Programe (MANCAP) and also failed to have the requisite MANCAP’s certificate to produce engine oil.
The prosecutor told the court that the offences committed by the defendant are contrary to and punishable under sections 26; 26 (a) and (b) of Standards Organization of Nigeria 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.
With the not guilty plea of the defendant, the prosecutor asked the court for trial dates, while also urged the court to remand the defendant till the determination of the charge.
But counsel to the defendant, U. D. R. Egbim, told the court that she was just briefed of the matter and pleaded to court for short date, to enable her bring her client’s application before the court.
The presiding judge, Justice Awogboro, in a short bench ruling, while adjourned the matter till November 29 and 30, for definite trial, ordered that the defendant be remanded in the Ikoyi facility of Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS).