Courts grant bail to septuagenarian charged with repackaging unregistered Brazilian sugar

Lagos, Nov. 13, 2017 (TNE) A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday granted N250,000 bail to a 72-year-old businesswoman, Esther Akinsanya, who allegedly packaged unregistered Brazilian sugar as Dangote Sugar.

Akinsanya was arraigned alongside her company, Esther Olufumilayo Nig. Ltd., before Justice Ayokunle Faji on Nov. 7.

She is facing a four-count charge bordering on false representation, importation and distribution of unregistered products.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is prosecuting the accused.

Akinsanya, however, pleaded not guilty.

Faji also ordered the accused to produce two sureties in like sum, directing that the sureties must be gainfully employed, show evidence of three years’ tax payment and reside in Lagos State.

He adjourned the case until Jan. 9, 2018, for substantive trial.

NAFDAC said in the charge sheet that the septuagenarian committed the offence on Aug. 2 at No. 1, Tailor St., Iddo, Lagos.

According to the prosecutor, Mr Shamaki Umar, the accused imported three brands of granulated Brazilian sugar and falsely packaged the sugar as Dangote Sugar to create a wrong impression as regards its value.

Umar listed the brands as Aqucar Crystal Sugar, Aqucar Special Crystal Sugar and Usina Belavista Sugar.

According to the prosecution, the products are not fortified with Vitamin A in contravention of the provisions of Section 1(1) of the Food, Drugs and Related Products Registration Act, 2004.

(TNE)

 

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