Taskforce seals off Chinese firm for alleged forgery

The Importers’ Association of Nigeria Special Taskforce has sealed off a Chinese firm, Aokete Lighting Electronics Industries Ltd., for alleged forgery and trademark counterfeiting.

The company, located in Kirikiri Industrial estate, Apapa, Lagos, was said to have been engaged in trade malpractices, importation and distribution of substandard AKT bulbs from China in the country.

The acting Director-General of IMAN Special Taskforce, Amb. Chijioke Okoro, disclosed this in Abuja.

He said the Chinese company was “brazenly doing its business in the country without registering with IMAN.”

Okoro explained that Niger Shine Industries Ltd., located at Alaba International Market, Ojo, also in Lagos, owned and registered D&B AKT Energy bulb, the original trademark with RTM No. 99900 and certificate No. 004154 which Aokete allegedly counterfeited.

The taskforce boss also explained that the company had circumvented the extant law regulating operations of businesses in Nigeria “with the sole purpose of widening its surplus value to the detriment of the nation and the consumers.”

Its activities amount to economic sabotage that flout the policy and programmes of the Federal Government.

The Ministry of Trade and Investment disclosed that Aokete Lighting Electronics Industries Ltd merely approached them for issuance of certificate of registration in respect of the AKT trademark,” he said.

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