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Court threatens arrest of businessmen over trade mark forgery

Posted: May 15, 2015 at 6:38 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Tunde Opeseitan – Snr Correspondent, Lagos


A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday threatened not to hesitate to issue bench warrant for the arrest of three businessmen standing trial over alleged forgery of trade mark belonging to Dorco Shaving Sticks.

The accused persons – Nduka Nwaizu (40), Benjamin Nwaizu (41) and Chukwudi Orji (52) were charged to court by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigerian Police on a six-count charge bordering on forgery and misinformation to the police on robbery case.

The accused had on six consecutive adjournments stayed away from arraignment, a development which forced the prosecutor, Charles Odii to apply for bench warrant for the arrest of the accused persons.

But trial judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba said he would give the accused one more chance, failure of which the court would wield the big stick to compel their appearance in court.

The accused persons, who were charged to court pursuant to Merchandise Marks Act Cap M10, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, were said to have committed the crime on or about March 27, 2014 at No. 72, Dosumu Street, Idumota, Lagos.

They were said to have conspired with others now at large to forge trade mark of Dorco Shaving Sticks marketed by Vine Morris Limited by falsifying the products with the aim that same should be acted upon as genuine.

Apart from forging the products, the accused were also said to have exposed the forged products for sale as original, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 2 of the Merchandise Marks Act, Cap M10, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.One of the counts read: “That you Nduka Nwaizu ‘m’ on the 22nd day of March 2014 at the Federal Anti-Robbery Squad Force CID Annex, Adeniji Adele Road, Lagos, complained by alleging that on the 6th day of March 2014, Obiora Obiwuru ‘m’ used his police relatives at the Police State CID Panti, Lagos to frustrate his complaint of robbery/break and carting away of Dorco, an information which you knew to be false which caused ASP. Daniels Ugoyah attached to Federal Special Antu-Robbery Squad, Lagos to exercise his lawful power of investigation to the annoyance of Obiora Obiwuru ‘m’ which ought not to be if the true facts were given and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 125 (1) (b) of the Criminal Code, Cap. C38, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.”

The matter has been a adjourned to March 18, 2015 for arraignment.