As part of efforts in reducing the production of substandard products in the country, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has recently brought before a Federal High Court in Awka, the Capital Anambra state, four people accused of producing substandard Liquefied Petroleum Gas Cylinders (LPG) Cylinders.
The accused persons, Azubuike Jerry, Ikechukwu Patrick, Cosmas Onwuka (at large) and Igboanusi Jerry (at large) were issued bench warrant of arrest for production of the substandard LPG Cylinders.
In a recent release from SON signed by Bola Fashina, the organisation stated that sometime in 2018, its officers carried out a standards enforcement activity at the premises of the United Welders Association located in 58, Bida Road Onitsha, Anambra State where approximately 1,700 suspected substandard LPG Cylinders were detained.
Lead counsel for the prosecution, Moor Kuma stated that SON subjected the said cylinders to testing and they failed critical parameters including Proof Pressure Test, Burst Pressure Test, Leakage and Volumetric Expansion Tests, following which charge No FHC/ Awk/C/84/18 was filed at the Federal High Court against the Defendants.
At the resumed hearing of the matter on 15 April 2019, the presiding Judge, Hon. Justice B.O Quadri dismissed the notice of preliminary objection challenging the jurisdiction of the court, filed by the defendants through their counsel George I. Egbere from the law firm of O.J. Nnadi SAN & Co. for want of diligent prosecution.
The prosecution then applied to the court for the issuance of a bench warrant to officers of the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigeria, Security and Civil Defence Corps for the arrest of the defendants for the purpose of bringing them before the court.
The however, granted the application and issued the said warrant of arrest.