Customs officer’, four others arrested in Lagos

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Awka—The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, yesterday, arraigned a Chinese national, Mr. Lu Pengqing, at the Federal High Court, Awka, on a five-count charge of alleged importation and distribution of unregistered and counterfeit diapers into the country.

The arrested suspects.

The charges included sale of counterfeit products, possession of counterfeit products, importation of counterfeit products, importation of products without registration and distribution of product without registration.

Pengqing, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Mr. Umar Shamaki, told the court presided over by Justice Gafa’i Bature that Pengqing was arrested with the unregistered and counterfeit diapers at 9, Awka Road, Onitsha, Anambra State, on February 10, as he was busy distributing the counterfeit and unregistered diapers products to unsuspecting members of the public.

He prayed the court to remand the accused person in prison custody and his international passport confiscated as he faced trial, in view of the gravity of the offence.

Counsel to the accused, Mr. Emeka Nathaniel, while arguing for the bail of the accused, claimed that his client was neither importing nor selling counterfeit and unregistered products as alleged.

In an 11-page affidavit, Emeka pleaded for an order of the court to grant the accused lenient and favourable bail condition.

In his ruling, Justice Bature granted the accused bail on three conditions, namely that he must produce two sureties, who must be senior civil servants working in Anambra State and who must be staff of the Federal Government or Anambra State.

He also said the court would verify the residence of the accused in Onitsha and directed that the accused shall deposit his international passport and other travel documents with the court.

The case was adjourned to May 6 for further hearing.

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