A 35-year-old marketer, Ogbonnaya Udochukwu, was last week brought before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, for allegedly importing and circulating fake ABRO PVC electrical tape belonging to Coscharis Motors Limited.
Udochukwu resident at Obun Eko Street in Idumota, Lagos Island, is facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, importation of fake product and forgery.
He, however pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Ajaga Agboko, told the court that the defendant committed the offences between January and October in Lagos Island.
Agboko said that the defendant conspired with others at large to import and sell ABRO PVC electrical tapes, the product which originally belonged to Coscharis Motor Limited.
He said that the company, situated at No. 1-7 Coscharis St., Kirikiri Industrial Estate, Mazamaza, Lagos State, were getting complaints from distributors about their fake products in circulation.
“The company reported to the police and during investigation, police got a tip-off that a group of marketers were importing the fake product.
“They were also forging the sticker of ABRO PVC electrical tape and pasting it on the fake products to pass them off as original.
“The defendant was caught with 10 cartons of the fake product which he wanted to deliver to one of his customers,” the prosecutor said.
Agboko said that the offences contravened Sections 160, 365 CAP 1 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State.
The Magistrate, Mr T. A. Anjorin-Ajose, granted the defendant bail of N250, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
Anjorin-Ajose adjourned the case until Nov. 23 for hearing.