A Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON, has arraigned a suspected faker, Chizoba Emmanuel, before Federal High Court in Lagos, for allegedly producing adulterated and substandard engine oil, ranging from Forte Oil, Ammasco Oil and Others.
Emmanuel was arraigned on a four-count charge which borders on 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.
According to SON Counsel, Mr. Jaiye Olofindare, the defendant, a resident of Ojo area was arrested on July 16, 2021, at 25, Isoko Street, By Sunny Bus Stop, Ojo where he was producing the adulterated and substandard engine oil.
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.
Following the not guilty plea, 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.
In a short bench ruling, Justice Awogboro ordered that the defendant be remanded in the Ikoyi facility of Nigerian Correctional Services.
Subsequently, the court adjourned the matter till November 29 and 30, for definite trial.