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Unlawful Importation: Business Mogul, Roland Ogbonna, In N100M Banned Furniture Saga

A business mogul, Mr. Roland Uche Ogbonna, and his company, Elgusto Classic International, were on Friday, arraigned before a Lagos Federal High Court, by Nigerian Customs Service Board, for unlawful importation of Furniture.

Roland whose company is located at kilometer 43, Lekki-Epe expressway, Lagos, was alleged to have on July 20, 2016, imported 511 sets of prohibited Funitures from China.

He was also alleged to have on August 1, 2016, broken the Customs' seal placed on the company's warehouse without authority, with an intent to evade prohibition, and removed the sets of the Funitures valued at N100 million.

The offecnces, according to the prosecutor, Mr. Julius Iyiola Ajakaiye, are contrary to and punishable under sections 47(1)(a)(ii), 145(5), 164(a) of the Customs and Excise Management Act, Cap. C45, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The defendant alongside is company, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Upon the defendant's plea of not guilty, Ajakaiye urged the court to remand him in Prison's custody, and a date for trial.

However, lawyer to the defendant, Mr. P. C. Dike, urged the court to admit his client bail in the most liberal terms. But his submission were disregarded by the presiding judge, Justice AbdulAziz Anka, who said there is no application to that effect before him.

Justice Anka, however, told the  defendant's lawyer that anytime he bring the bail application will be heard provided the both parties agreed on a date.

The judge while adjourned the matter till October 19, for trial, ordered that the the defendant be remanded in Prison's custody.

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