Two men sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for producing and distributing fake engine oil (photo)

Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo of the Federal high court in Lagos has convicted two men, Uche Johnson and Kingsley Meteke, for producing and distributing substandard engine oil.

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) charged both men with four counts of production, possession, dealing in, and distribution of substandard engine oil. Both men claimed the products were good for public consumption and for optimum engine performance and sold them to unsuspecting buyers. SON said the products failed the Standards Organisation of Nigeria’s (SON) Conformity Assessment Programme (SONCAP).

According to the prosecution, the offense contravened the provisions of sections 1(8) and 1(8)(II) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, 2004.

Both men initially pleaded guiltless to the charges, but later changed their plea to guilty.

Delivering judgment, the judge said their sentence will begin from January 27, 2019, when the defendants were arrested.
Speaking on the court ruling, the prosecuting counsel Joseph Olofindare said this may function a deterrent to manufacturers and importers of substandard products.

“I want to inform genuine manufacturers and consumers that they ought to not be despondent. SON is there to prosecute any offender. It’s a judgment which will send a message to the general public that SON is functioning tirelessly under the leadership of Osita Aboloma.

If you’re an importer or manufacturer, you either bring products that are certified under Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) and SONCAP, otherwise the fate that befell these individuals also will befall those that are indulging in product adulteration.
For our consumers, the Director General and management are working tirelessly to make sure that buyers get value for his or her money which only standard and authorized products are in the market.”Olofindare said

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