The Standards Organisation of Nigeria has charged four men before the Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly producing and selling an adulterated engine oil.
The accused – Johnson Uche, Olaide Shittu, Kingsley Meteke and Abdulquadri Olayinka – were charged with four counts before Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo.
Their scheduled arraignment on Wednesday was, however, stalled due to the absence of their lawyer.
Justice Oguntoyinbo, while adjourning till March 1, ordered that the four defendants be remanded in the prison custody.
In the charges, the SON alleged that the defendants dealt in 128 drums and 945 litres of substandard engine oil, which they allegedly sold to unsuspecting motorists.
The regulating body said the products, which the defendants claimed to buyers was of high quality, “failed to comply with SON Conformity Assessment Programme.”
The prosecuting counsel for the SON, Adeleke Olofindare, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on January 2 at No. 2, Esugbayi Street, NPA Quarters, Marine Bridge, Apapa, Lagos.
He said they acted contrary to Section 1 (18) (ii) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act of 2004 and were liable to be punished under Section 26 of the SON Act of 2015.