Businessman arraigned for allegedly attempting to steal

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has arraigned a businessman, Ogbo Chidozie Tochukwu, at the Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly

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Businessman arraigned for allegedly attempting to steal

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has arraigned a businessman, Ogbo Chidozie Tochukwu, at the Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly attempting to break into a warehouse to steal seized substandard goods.

He was arraigned with his company, Majestics Tiles Ltd, before Justice Rilwan Aikawa on a seven-count charge of conspiracy, unlawful entry and attempted stealing.

SON said the company’s warehouse was sealed off by its officials, adding that the defendant and others later broke into it through a back door and attempted to remove the sub-standard goods.

They were charged along with Ochuehi Ikechukwu, Monday Adumekwe and George Anderson.

The prosecution said the defendants, whose office is at 125, Agege Motor Road, Idi-Oro, Mushin, Lagos on or about January 30, around 09am, broke into Magestics Tiles’ warehouse.

“They did so allegedly with intent to commit a felony by unlocking the rear door so as not to damage the seal placed by SON at the inside-front door of the warehouse containing 115 cartons of soldering iron, four cartons of CCTV camera and some quantities of 35g of lead.”

SON said it suspected the goods to be of sub-standard quality, adding that the defendants did not comply with the mandatory industrial standard before importing them.

The alleged offence of felony is contrary to Section 410 of the Criminal Code Act C39 LFN 2004 and punishable under Section 413.

The defendants pleaded not guilty and were each granted bail for N5 million with two sureties.

The judge ordered that one of the sureties must be a public servant in either the Lagos State Government or the Federal Government of not below Grade Level 13.

The judge adjourned till December 10 for trial.

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