Court to rule on firm’s bail application today

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A Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday fixed today for ruling on a bail application of the Managing Director of Tasty Time Nigeria Ltd, Isaac Kole, charged with manufacture of fake products.

Kole, who was arraigned alongside his company – Tasty Time Nigeria Ltd, pleaded not guilty.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on November 2 arraigned the accused on a four-count charge bordering on producing fake and unregistered products.

Justice Hadiza Rabiu-Shagari had allowed the accused to continue with the administrative bail granted him and adjourned till yesterday for the determination of his bail application.

The judge ordered the accused to produce a director either from Federal or Lagos State Civil Service, who would sign an undertaking to produce him in court on the next adjournment.

At the resumed hearing yesterday, the case was again adjourned till today, as the court did not sit.

The prosecution alleged that Kole and his company had been using their plant to produce unregistered Tasty Time products.

NAFDAC said the products include Tasty Time juice, Glucosaid Energy drink, Tasty Time Pops orange flavoured drink, Tasty Time Fitz Apple drink and Tasty Time mixed orange flavoured drink.

The accused was also alleged to have packaged and labelled the products in a manner likely to create a wrong impression that they were genuine and sold the unregistered products to the public.

The offences, according to the prosecutor, Mrs. Chinyere Okoli of NAFDAC, contravene sections 1(1), 5(a) and 5(e) of the Foods and Drugs Related Products Act, Laws of the Federation 2004.

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