OrderPaperToday – The Importers Association of Nigeria (IMAN) has sealed off a firm, Aokete Lighting Electronics Industries Limited,over alleged forgery and counterfeiting of a trademark.
It was also alleged that the said company located at Kirikiri Industrial estate, Apapa Lagos has been engaged in trade malpractices, importation and distribution of substandard AKT bulbs from China into the country.
The Acting Director-General of IMAN, Ambassador Chijioke Okoro, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Abuja.
He said the foreign company was brazenly doing its businesses in the country even without registration with IMAN.
The IMAN DG said: “IMAN got a report that Aokete is using a fake trademark in doing business and their goods are substandard.
“You know the Importers Association of Nigeria, IMAN, is an association duly incorporated in the country.
“It has the mandate, support and co-operation of the federal government of Nigeria to combat the illegal importation of contra-bound, adulterated and substandard goods into the country.
“What Aokete has been doing is illegal. Its activities amount to economic sabotage that flout the policy and programmes of the federal government.
“However, police operatives from the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Monitoring Team have also arrested some members of staff of the company. They are currently under investigation at Area E, Police Command, Festac, Lagos”.