Fake Dangote Sugar: Court Fixes Jan. 9 For Trial Of 72 Years Old Trader

* Pix source: The Nigerian Voice

 

Justice Ayotunde Faji, on Monday, fixed January 9 and 10, 2018, for trial of the 72 years old Esther Olufunmilayo  Akinsanya, who was alleged to have adulterated Dangote Sugar.

Justice Faji fixed the trial date, after admitting the accused to bail.

In granting the accused bail application, which was filed and argued before the court by her lawyers, Mr. Dada Awosika and Fayehun Ifeoluwa, Justice Faji admitted her to bail in the sum of N250, 000 with two sureties in the like sum.

Other bail conditions are: the sureties who must be gainful employed, are to show evidence of three years tax payment, and residents of Lagos State, swear to affidavit of means and submit their two passport photographs and that of the accused filed before the court.

The judge further  ordered that  compliance with the bail terms are to be verified by the court’s Assistant Chief Registrar (ACR).

The 72 years old trader alongside her company, Esther Olufunmilayo Akinsanya Nigeria Limited, were on  Tuesday, arraigned before the court by the National Foods  Drugs Administration and Control  (NAFDAC), for allegedly repackaged, distributing and selling fake Dangote sugar.

The judge however,  ordered that the businesswoman, be remanded at Kirikiri Prisons, till today, when her bail application will be heard.

NAFDAC in a four count-charge marked FHC/L/293c/17, had alleged that the businesswoman and some of her workers who are now at large,  had on August 2, 2017, at her shop located at 1, Taylor Road, Iddo, Lagos, conspired together to unlawfully import and rebag, distributed and sold  unregistered Brazilian sugar which was not fortified with Vitamin ‘A’, to the general public.

Some of the unfortified Brazilian granulated sugar that were allegedly re-bagged into the Dangote sugar bags by the accused are: Aqucar Crystal Sugar; Aqucar Special Crystal sugar; and Usina Belavista sugar.

The offences according to the prosecutor, Mr. Umar Shamaki are contrary to sections 5(a), 1(1) of the Food and Drugs Act Cap l. F.33, Law of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, and punishable under sections 17(1) and (2), 8(1) and (2), 17(1) and (2) and 6 (1) (a) and (b) of the same Act”.

The accused had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Count one of the charge against the businesswoman reads: “that you Esther Akinsanya, and Esther Olufunmilayo Akinsanya Nigeria Limited, on or about August 2, 2017, at 1, Tailor Road, Iddo, Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court packaged various brand of unregistered Brazilian granulated sugar to wit: Aqucar Crystal Sugar; Aqucar Special Crystal Sugar and Usina Belavista sugar, into Dangote granulated sugar bags, in a manner that is false contrary to section 5(a) of the Food and Drugs Act Cap l. F.33, LFN 2004, and punishable under sections 17(1) and (2) of the same Act”.

Count two reads, “That you Esther Akinsanya and Esther Olufunmilayo Akinsanya Nigeria Limited, on or about August 2, 2017, at 1, Tailor Road, Iddo, Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did sell Aqucar Crystal Sugar; Aqucar Special Crystal sugar; and Usina Belavista sugar as Dangote Sugar, in a manner likely to create wrong impression as to its value contrary to section 5(a) of the Food and Drugs Act Cap l. F.33, LFN 2004, and punishable under sections 17(1) and (2) of the same Act”.

Count three reads, “That you Esther Akinsanya, Esther Olufunmilayo Akinsanya Nigeria Limited, and others now at large, on or about August 2, 2017, at 1, Tailor Road, Iddo, Lagos state, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, imported various brands of granulated Brazilian sugar to wit: Aqucar Crystal Sugar; Aqucar Special Crystal sugar; and Usina Belavista sugar, without registration, contrary to section 1(1) of the Food, Drugs and related products (Registration) Act Cap. F.33, LFN 2004, and punishable under sections 6 (1) (a) and (b) of the same Act”.

The fourth count reads, “That you Esther Akinsanya, Esther Olufunmilayo Akinsanya Nigeria Limited and others now at large, on or about August 2, 2017, at 1, Tailor Road, Iddo, Lagos, imported food to wit: Aqucar Crystal Sugar; Aqucar Special Crystal sugar; and Usina Belavista sugar as Dangote Sugar, which are not fortified with Vitamin ‘A’, contrary to section 1(1) of the Food fortification with Vitamin ‘A’ regulation 2005, and punishable under sections 8(1) and (2) of the same Act”

 

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