A 38-year-old businessman, Emmanuel Okonkwo, who allegedly adulterated cosmetics worth N7.5 million, was on Tuesday brought before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
Okonkwo of Progressive Market, International Trade Fair Complex, Ojo, Lagos, is facing a four-count charge of conspiracy, forgery, stealing and
adulteration of products preferred against him by the police.
The Police Prosecutor, Insp. Abass Abayomi, told the court that the accused and others still at large committed the offences on Feb. 4, 2016 at 2.30
p.m. at APT Section, International Trade Fair Complex, Ojo.
Abayomi said that the accused adulterated 30 cartons of Emmy Classic Lipsticks and facial powder worth N7.5 million.
“Okonkwo forged Emmy Classic products trademarks and designs with intent to damage the company’s name.
“The company was accused of selling fake cosmetics which prompted the company to go into investigation. It was revealed that its products
were adulterated by Okonkwo,’’ he said.
The offences contravened Sections 160 (a), 287 (5), 363 (2) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges and his lawyer, Mr Emmanuel Igbochi, urged the court to grant him bail on liberal terms.
In her ruling, Magistrate Afolashade Botoku granted him bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.
She said the sureties must be gainfully employed with an evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
Botoku adjourned the case until Aug. 27.