The Federal High Court in Lagos, on Friday convicted two men, Uche Johnson and Kingsley Meteke, for producing and distributing of substandard engine oil. Justice Oluremi Oguntoyibo convicted them after they pleaded guilty to the offence and she sentenced them to two years imprisonment each.
They admitted to have adulterated 128 drums and 9.45 litres of engine oil.
They were charged with four counts of production, possession, dealing in and distribution of substandard engine oil.
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), said the defendants indulged in production of engine oil which did not meet mandatory industrial standards.
The defendants claimed that the products were good for public consumption and for optimum engine performance, which prosecution said were false.
The products were said to have failed to comply with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria’s (SON) Conformity Assessment Programme (SONCAP).
According to the prosecution, the offence contravened the provisions of sections 1(8) and 1(8)(II) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, 2004.
The defendants had initially pleaded not guilty to the charges, but later changed their plea to guilty.
The sentence would begin from January 27, 2019, when the defendants were arrested.
Prosecuting counsel, Mr Joseph Olofindare, said the judgment would serve as a deterrent to manufacturers and importers of substandard products.