Monday, 2 March 2015

Court Accuse Standard Organisation of Nigeria of Frustrating the Growth of Local Technology In Nigeria

Okey Chris

A Federal High Court, sitting in Awka, the capital of Anambra state, was yesterday, stunned when a counsel to a plaintiff, Mr. Chike Onyali told the court that his client, one Chief Benjamin Nwizu, the Managing Director of D&K Golden City Investment Ltd was being trailed and harassed by policemen attached to the Lagos state Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to Anambra state.
Mr. Onyali, who was addressing the court on a case of contempt filed against a Federal Government agency, Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) revealed how some policemen and soldiers from an undisclosed military formation were being used by SON to patrol in front of the residence of his client at GRA, Onitsha in a bid to silence him sequel to a case he had brought against the defendant.

It would be recalled that a Federal High Court in Awka had in February, 2011 restrained the defendant, Standard Organisation of Nigeria which is a Federal Government regulatory body on fake and counterfeit products, including the Inspector-General of Police or his agents from invading into the premises or factory belonging to the plaintiff or carting away Dorco disposable shaving stick razor.

But the 1st defendant, SON went ahead and invaded the factory belonging to the plaintiff at Obosi near Onitsha, including other warehouses and carted away cartoons of shaving sticks, equipment and products worth over N1 Billion Naira.
However, the presiding Judge, Justice B.I. Gafai, adjourned the case till 12th May 2015 to enable all the parties in the matter to file their applications.

Reacting to his client’s alleged harassment by security agents, the counsel to the plaintiff, Mr. Chike Onyali frowned at the rate in which SON was carrying out its statutory functions, stressing that it was a ploy to kill local technology instead of assisting to build local industries.
According to Onyali, it was a selfish agenda occasioned by a few individuals, but the rule of law must be apply to save his client’s business which has employed about 200 Nigerians from collapsing.

“SON is not serving the interest of Nigerians, but that of a few individuals. Despite the fact that an order was given by an Onitsha Chief Magistrate Court to restore my client’s factory machines and his seized  products, the defendants are yet to do so. This is a deliberate way of killing local technology out of personal greed of a few Nigerians in positions of authority”.               



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