In Akwa Ibom: Court arraigns 5 suspected adulterated rice dealers

Five persons accused of dealing with adulterated rice in Akwa Ibom State were on Tuesday arraigned before the Federal High Court sitting in UdoUdoma Avenue Uyo, the state capital.

According to Daily Post news, The presiding Judge, Justice Anulika Okeke, read the case with charge number FHC/UY/70C/19 before the five accused persons, who pleaded not guilty to all the 17-count charges brought against them by the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC).

The Court granted all the accused persons bail with N5 million each and must have landed property within the jurisdiction of Court.

The Judge added that the accused must be remanded in prison custody pending when the bail conditions are met.

Speaking with newsmen after the court, the lead counsel to the Commission, Mr Babatunde Irukera, said that the commission on June 22, 2018 performed operation in Uyo where the accused were arrested for re-bagging smuggled contaminated rice for consumers consumption.

Also, the Lead Counsel to the defendants, Mr Christian Odoh, denied that his clients evaded appearance to the court.

Idoh said that his clients have pleaded not guilty on all the 17-count charges, they have applied for their bail and the court granted them and then adjourn for hearing.

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