2 Chinese Docked Over Customs Duty

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Two Chinese citizens, Jack Wand, Yong Jub Bai and their company, Evergreen Furniture Limited, were this morning arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos State, South-west Nigeria.

According to a three-count criminal charge filed before the court by customs prosecuting counsel, J.I. Ajakaye, it was alleged that Evergreen Furniture Ltd., and the two Chinese of 84, Opebi Road, Ikeja on or about 19 April, 2012, within Lagos environment and within the jurisdiction of Lagos High Court, were found to have removed from PTML Port one by 20 feet (1x20ft) container meant for Ogun – Guandon Free Trade Zone, Igbesa but diverted the said container to their warehouse in Ikeja without paying customs duty of N5,580,200 thereby committed an offence contrary to the privision of Section 47(a)(1) of the Customs and Excise Management Act Cap C45 laws of the Federation 2004 and punishable under the same act.

The two accused Chinese and their company at the same time and place were alleged to have falsified documents for the clearance of the said container and the payment of the customs duty in the sum of N5,580,200 which had not been paid and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 152 of Customs and Excise Management Act cap C45 law of the Federation, 2004.

The accused who did not understand English Language, pleaded not guilty to the charges, after it was interpreted to them by Kola Ogundele who was in court.

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The trial presiding judge, Justice Okechukwu Okeke while adjourning the case till Friday, 4 May, 2012, ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody.

Their bail application will be argued on 4 May, 2012.

—Akin Kuponiyi