A Chinese firm, Aokete Lighting Electronics Industries Ltd., located in Kirikiri Industrial estate, Apapa, Lagos has been sealed off by the Importers Association of Nigeria (IMAN) Special Taskforce for alleged forgery, counterfeiting and trademark Infringement.
The company was accused of been engaged in trade malpractices, importation and distribution of substandard AKT bulbs from China into the country.
The acting Director-General of IMAN Special Taskforce, Amb. Chijioke Okoro disclose that the company was doing it’s business without registration with the Importers Association of Nigeria.
The Director-General reportedly stated that Aokete Lighting Electronics Industries Ltd. counterfeited a Nigerian mark, Niger Shine Industries Ltd., whose located at Alaba International Market, Ojo.
Aokete is alleged to have infringed and counterfeited Niger Shine Industries Ltd.’s trademark, D&B AKT Energy bulb which is owned and registered with RTM no. 99900 and certificate no. 004154.
Okoro reportedly stated that IMAN got a report that Aokete is using a fake trademark in doing business and their goods are substandard with activities that amount to economic sabotage that flouts the policy and programs of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Okoro further said that “security operatives from the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Team have also arrested some members of staff of the company. They are currently under investigation at Area E, Police Command, Festac, Lagos.”
The IMAN Boss is reported to have disclosed that police investigation revealed that certificate Nos. 99717 and 99718 being used by Aokete Lighting was forged and was never from the Ministry of Trade and Investment.