Two Chinese, Tao Shen and Jing Yau, yesterday appeared before a Federal High Court in Lagos, over charges bordering on alleged importation of fake tyres.
Shen, 36, and Yau, 22, are charged alongside a Nigerian, Chinedu Madubuike and two companies, Sino Nigeria Import and export Ltd, and Nedeca International Ltd, on four counts bordering on importation of substandard products.
When the case was called on yesterday, Mr. Babatunde Alajogun announced appearance for the prosecution while Mr. Victor Okpara announced appeared for the defence.
The accused were called into the dock but their arraignment could not proceed, due to the absence of a Chinese interpreter to translate the charges to them in Chinese language.
The trial judge, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, consequently, ordered that an interpreter be produced in court at the next adjourned date for the accused to take their plea.
In the charge, the accused were said to have committed the offence in February (this year) by conspiring to import tyres which did not meet the relevant Nigeria industrial standard.
They were alleged to have stuffed various sizes of tyres into one, knowing same to be in a dangerous state, or injurious to human life.
The accused were said to have imported the tyres which did not comply with the mandatory Nigeria standard, on account of their stuffing different sizes into one, thereby making the tyres to be unfit for its purpose.
The tyres were said to have failed to meet the relevant Nigerian industrial standard and likely to endanger human lives.
Again, the accused were alleged to have failed to furnish returns on the conditions of the imported tyres as required by law.
The offences are said to have contravened the provisions of sections 320 and 510 of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C38, Laws of the Federation, 2004.
It is also said to have contravened the provisions of sections 26 and 32 of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria Act, No 14, Laws of the Federation, 2004.
Justice Olatoregun adjourned their arraignment to March 20, adding that the accused be returned to where they came from.