For allegedly producing substandard engine oil, four men have been ordered remanded in prison custody in Lagos.

Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo of the Federal High Court on Monday, March 11 ordered that Uche Johnson, Olaide Shittu, Kingsley Meteke and Abdulquadri Olayinka be remanded pending ruling in their bail application on March 19.

The accused are facing four counts bordering on production, possession, dealing on and distribution of substandard products.

The police prosecutor, J.A. Olofindare said that the defendants engaged in production for public consumption, engine oil which did not meet mandatory industrial standards.

Information contained in the charge sheet showed that the defendants allegedly adulterated 128 drums and 9.45 litres of engine oil.

It said that the products failed to comply with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria’s (SON) Conformity Assessment Programme.

Olofindare said that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 1(8) and 1(8)(II) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, 2004.

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However, the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Justice Oguntoyinbo fixed May 2, 7 and 9 for substantive trial.

The defence counsel, Mr S. U Nweze, informed the court of a bail application filed on behalf of the defendants, urging the court to grant them bails on liberal terms.

However, Justice Oguntoyinbo remanded the accused on bail pending ruling in their bail application on March 19.

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