A man, Solomon Otumgbo, was today arraigned before a Lagos Federal High Court, for alleged dealing, producing, distributing and selling of adulterated and substandard engine oil.
He was arraigned before Justice Abimbola Awogboro led-court, on the alleged offences by the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) through the federal Ministry of Justice.
The prosecutor, Mr. Yusuf Lawan, a Principal Counsel in the Federal Ministry of Justice, told the court that the defendant, committed the alleged offences on November 11, 2022, at Aspamda International Trade Fair, Lagos.
Mr. Lawan told the court that the defendant dealt, sell and in substandard of an engine oil named Hardex SN Gold SAE 5W-30, a fully Synthetic Engine Oil which did not conform with the mandatory industrial standard for synthetic lubricating oil for Motor vehicles NIS 1024:2018.
He also told the court that the defendant without lawful authority or licence did engage in dealing and selling of Hardex SN Gold SAE 5W-30 Fully Synthetic Engine Oil.
He told the court that the offence committed by the defendant are contrary to and punishable under section 26(2)(b)(ii) of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria Act, 2015.
He also said the offences contravened Sections 1(18)(a)(ii); 1(48)(a)(ii) and 1(17) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap M17, laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, and punishable under the same Act.
However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the offences.
Upon his not guilty plea, the prosecutor asked for a short date for trial, and equally urged the court to remand the defendant in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS), till the determination of the charges
However, Barrister Onah Chinedu, who represented the defendant ‘probono’, asked the court for a short date, to enable him file the defendant’s bail application.
The lawyer also pleaded with the court to remand the defendant in the custody of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (ForceCID), Alagbon-Ikoyi Lagos, till the hearing and determination of the bail application.
Justice Awogboro, in her bench ruling, ordered that the defendant be remanded in ForceCID’s custody, while adjourned the matter till May 5, for hearing of his bail application.