A businessman, Mr. Atiku Abubakar Gwandu was arrested by the Federal High Court in Sokoto for allegedly producing and distributing falsified Ammasco and IBCON automotive engine lubricants.
A product adulteration case has been brought against the businessman by the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) as part of his mandate to eradicate substandard products from Nigerian markets. A statement released yesterday by SON media chief Maji Aileku, citing SON’s Legal Services Directorate, said presiding judge Judge Kolawole Omotoso issued the remand order following the arrest. accusation of the suspect for 7 counts, bordering on the production of substandard products and their rebranding. for distribution to unsuspecting buyers.
“The suspect who pleaded not guilty, however, was refused bail by defense counsel and was remanded in custody by the judge until the next adjourned date.”
SON’s lead prosecutor Kuma Moor (Esq.) Had argued that the accused had been on the run since 2018 and all attempts to apprehend him previously had been unsuccessful, therefore arguing that the suspect should be denied bail because he could possibly skip bail depending on his background.
The statement also revealed that the SON Sokoto state office and the SON, Surveillance, Investigation and Monitoring (SIM) unit, in conjunction with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC), acting on the basis of a intelligence report, raided the premises of Atiku Abubukar Gwandu. in November.
The statement continued, “During the process, the enforcement team found items used in the production of adulterated / substandard motor oil with plastic containers labeled Ammasco and IBCON Engine oil.”
The SON statement revealed that after initial testing, the confiscated products did not meet relevant Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS) for lubricants and were therefore deemed substandard and unfit for use.
The statement also revealed that the lubricant in question did not comply with SON’s Mandatory Conformity Assessment Program (MANCAP) for locally produced products and that the two offenses are contrary and punishable under Section 26. (2) of the SON 14: 2015 law.
SON also alleged that “the accused engaged in the distribution of adulterated Ammasco and IBCON motor oil which significantly altered the quality, substance, nature and efficiency of the motor oil, with the intention to sell it to buyers, an offense punishable under section 1 (18) of the Miscellaneous Offenses Act CAP M17 LFN 2005, among other charges.
The accused pleaded not guilty to all counts and was remanded in custody at the Sokoto Correctional Center by order of the presiding judge, Judge Kolawole Omotoso.