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NAFDAC arraigns Chinese citizen over unregistered diapers

23/02/2015 16:17

A Chinese citizen, Lu Pengqing, has been charged at the Federal High Court, Awka, Anambra State, by the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, for illegal importation and sale of unregistered and counterfeit diapers.

Pengqing was accused of selling counterfeit products, and being in possession of counterfeit products, importation of counterfeit products, and distribution and importation of unregistered and counterfeit diapers.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Umar Shamaki, the prosecutor, said Pengqing was arrested with the unregistered and counterfeit diapers at 9 Awka Road, Onitsha in Anambra on February 10, while distributing the counterfeit and unregistered diaper products to unsuspecting members of the public.

He urged the court to remand the accused in prison custody and order the confiscation of his international passport during the trial.

Emeka Nathaniel, the defence counsel, however argued that his client did not import or sell counterfeit and unregistered products as alleged and prayed the court grant him a “lenient and favourable bail.”

In his ruling, Justice Gafa’I Bature, before adjourning the matter to May 6, granted the accused bail on three conditions.

“First, the accused must produce two sureties, who are civil servants, serving and working in Anambra State either with the Federal Government or Anambra State; and secondly, the court would have to verify the residence of the accused in Onitsha.

“Thirdly, the accused shall deposit his international passport and other travel documents with the court,” he said.

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