Court remands 2 businessmen for selling substandard gas cylinders

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Ime Akpan

A Federal High Court in Lagos has remanded two businessmen, Messrs Emmanuel Anthony Nnan and John Paul Ejike in prison custody for alleged importation and sale of substandard gas cylinders.

The defendants were arraigned before Justice Saliu Saidu on Monday, May 13, 2019 on a five count charge brought against them by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON).

They pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The who were arraigned alongside company – Star Master Electrical Co. Ltd pleaded not guilty to the charges and were consequently granted bail in the sum of N50 million.

They would, however to remain in custody pending the perfection of the bail granted them.

The court consequently adjourned the case till June 18, 2019 for trial.

 The prosecutor, Mr. Adeleke Olofindare alleged that the defendants committed offences of forgery, importation and sale of substandard gas cylinder in contravention of the SON Act.

Part of the charges read: “That you Emmanuel Anthony Nnan, of Plot 18 32D, House 1, Close 3rd Avenue Festac Town, Lagos, John Paul Ejike of 50 Bornu Crescent, Apapa, Lagos and Star Master Electrical Co. Ltd of No. 2 Royal Plaza Alaba Market, Ojo, Lagos respectively on or about 24th April, 2019, while at SON office No. 3 Boma Road, Apapa, Lagos State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did conspire to make false documents in writing knowing same to be false with intent that the false documents to wit: SON product certificate knowing same to be false with intent that the false document will be used as genuine and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 465 and punishable under Section 467 of the Criminal Code Act CAP C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“That you, Emmanuel Anthony Nnan, of Plot 18 32D, House 1 Close 3rd Avenue, Festac Town, Lagos, John Paul Ejike of 50 Bornu Crescent, Apapa, Lagos and Star Master Electrical Co. Ltd of No. 2 Royal Plaza Alaba Market, Ojo, Lagos) respectively on or about 24th April, 2019, while at SON office No. 3 Boma Road Apapa, Lagos State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did forge SON product registration certificate with intention of causing same to be believed to have been issued by SON and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 465 and punishable under Section 467 of the Criminal Code Act CAP C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“That you, Emmanuel Anthony Nnan of Plot 18 32D, House 1 Close 3rd Avenue, Festac Town, Lagos, John Paul Ejike of 50 Bornu Crescent, Apapa, Lagos and Star Master Electrical Co. Ltd of No. 2 Royal Plaza Alaba Market, Ojo, Lagos respectively on or about 24th April, 2019, while at SON office No. 3 Boma Road Apapa, Lagos State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court deal in and having in your possession imported gas cylinders which is not of quality which you presented it to be and thereby commit an offence punishable under Section 1 (18) (ii) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, CAP M17 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.”         

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