Two Importers, Emmanuel Anthony Nnan and John Paul Ejike, have been remanded in prison custody on the orders of Chief Magistrate O.A. Oshin of the Igbosere Magistrate Court, Lagos, pending their arraignment at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos on allegation of forging the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) import documents to bring in suspected substandard liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders.
According to the SON Prosecutor, Adeleke Olofindare, the suspects were apprehended when they presented forged product registration certificate with the signature of a former SON chief Executive to the organisation’s officials at No. 3 Burma Road Apapa for importation of containers of suspected substandard LPG cylinders.
They were promptly arrested and handed over to the Police for further interrogation.
The prosecution thus applied for a detention order before Chief Magistrate O.A. Oshin of the Igbosere Magistrate Court pending their arraignment which was granted.
It will be recalled that the SON Chief Executive, Osita Aboloma earlier in the year, admonished stakeholders in import and manufacturing businesses to comply strictly with the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) for locally manufactured products and the offshore Conformity Assessment Programme (SONCAP) for imports, reiterating the organisation’s determination to prosecute all standards infractions