Sub-standard tyres: Absence of interpreter stalls trial of two Chinese
The trial of two Chinese suspects, Tao Shen and Jing Yau, who were
charged with the importation of sub-standard tyres was stalled
on Monday due to absence of interpreter for them.
Consequently, the trial judge, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal
High Court sitting in Lagos, adjourned the matter to July 5 for continuation
of trial of the accused persons.
Shen (36) and Yau (22) were docked alongside a Nigerian, Chinedu Madubuike
and two companies, Sino Nig. Import and Export Ltd, and Nedeca
International Ltd. on four counts bordering on importation of sub-standard
They were arraigned on March 20, and each of them had pleaded not
guilty to the charges.
Following their plea, the court had granted them bail in the sum of N10
million each with two sureties each in like sum.
The court also ordered the two companies charged to submit a bond in the
sum of N10 million.
In the charge, the accused were alleged to have committed the offence in
February 2017 by conspiring to import tyres which did not meet the relevant
Nigeria industrial standard.
They were alleged to have stuffed various sizes of tyres into one, knowing
same to be in a dangerous state, or been injurious to human life.
The accused were further alleged to have imported the tyres which
did not comply with the mandatory Nigerian standard, on account of their
stuffing different sizes into one, thereby making the tyres to be unfit for
The tyres were said to have failed to meet the relevant Nigerian industrial
standard and likely to endanger human lives.
Besides, the accused were alleged to have failed to furnish returns on the
conditions of the imported tyres as required by law.
The offences are said to have contravened the provisions of Sections 320
and 510 of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C38, Laws of the Federation, 2004.
It is also said to have contravened the provisions of sections 26 and 32 of
the Standard Organisation of Nigeria Act, No 14, Laws of the Federation,