Chinese National Faces Trial over Forgery, Frauds

NairaJustice Mohammed Yunusa of the Federal High Court Lagos has adjourned till September 19, 2013 the trial of a 36-year-old Chinese who was charged before Court for alleged forgery and fraudulent sale of Mama Gold Rice brand.

The accused, Hong Dong Shen, was arraigned on a four-count charge bordering on the alleged aforementioned offence.

After reading the statement of offence to him, Shen pleaded not guilty to all the counts.

The prosecutor, Mr Daniel Apochi told the court that the accused Chinese national committed the alleged offence between February 2011 and March 2013.

According to the prosecutor, the accused allegedly forged the trade mark of Olam Nigeria Limited, producers of Mama Gold Rice and had reproduced about 140 bags of the rice, for sale to members of the public. The prosecutor further told the court that the value of the trade mark is N200 million.

The alleged offence is said to have contravened the provisions of sections 390 and 516 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, as well as section 3 and 32 of the Merchandise Act 2004. Section 390 provides a term of three years imprisonment for stealing.

Consequent upon the bail application filed by the defence counsel Mrs Tokunbo Fayemi on behalf of the accused, Justice Yunusa granted admitted him to bail in the sum of N2 million with two sureties in like sum.

The judge also ordered the accused to deposit his travelling documents with the court’s registry.

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