Nigerian Court grants two Chinese nationals accused of importing substandard tyres bail

Chinese men arrested for Importing fake tyres

Two Chinese Nationals and their Nigerian partners charged for importing fake and substandard tyres worth N5 billion have been granted bail.

A Federal High Court in Lagos, on Tuesday granted Tailung Shen, 36, Xu Jimg Yao, 22 and Chinedu Madubuike, bail of N10 million each and two sureties in like sum each.

Their companies, Sino Nigeria Limited and Nedeca International Limited, which were also charged alongside the accused were ordered to deposit N10 million each.

The trial judge, Mojisola Olatoregun, also ordered that their international passports be deposited with the registrar of the court.

The accused were arrested in February by the Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON, monitoring and enforcement team for allegedly importing tyres which did not meet Nigeria Industrial standard.

The alleged fake and substandard tyres were said to be the largest seizure ever in Nigeria.

The accused were charged with conspiring to and importing import tyres which did not meet the relevant Nigeria industrial standards, knowing same to be in dangerous state or injurious to life of human beings.

They all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

During the Tuesday’s proceeding, Yussuf Lawan, a prosecutor from the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, informed the court that he has four witnesses listed to testify in the matter.

Mrs. Olatoregun adjourned the case to May 15 for commencement of trial.


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  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    For the alleged offence, theyd never be granted bail in China where they come from.

    Why treat them differently?

    Aside, why post a #10m bail for alleged criminals with offences estimated at circa #5bn? It is making a mockery of our laws and sending the wrong messages out to international criminal cartels.

    • Say the truth

      Well said my bro. It is quite annoying and l think the EFCC should go after this woman. This woman has sent a wrong signal that nothing has changed its business as usual in Nigeria. Yakubu a Nigerian got a bail 300million for a alleged 9.8 billion naira fraud and Metuh for 400 million naira alleged fraud got a whooping 1 billion naira bail.

  • FreeNigeria

    If these were Nigerians in China, accused of the same offence, they’ll never see sunlight again.

  • emmanuel

    Madam Judge Olatoregun N10 million for bail. We have hearn N500 million with two sureties in smaller cases involving Nigerians. Attorney General, we can see a leprous hand in this matter. Just like MTN fine saga that has been killed and buried after Buhari, Osinbajo, Malami and te scruffy bearded communication minister showed up.
    Chanese, don settle, case closed.
    SON, make una keep sample exhibit and burn the rest if not the masquerades will order you to release the tyres to them.
    APC, band of most corrupt lots.
    If i call names now, PT go delete am, but we know that the APC is more corrupt that the PDP. In APC, everything is acceptable, just have your membership card

  • tsunami1earthquake

    But just take a cursory look at those tyres! These tyres cannot run up to 10 kilometers before they explode in motion! Little wonder many Nigerians are dying from road accidents in Nigeria! Goodness me!

  • Another fraud by the customs and SON to steal from these poor traders. Nigeria is the hardest place on earth to do business. These tires were shipped all the way from China to Nigeria. Suddenly they are substandard. These traders cannot force anybody to buy their products. We now have to produce 20 documents to prove ownership to drive a vehicle in Nigeria. Even if you have these documents you still have to ‘settle’ the criminal cops and customs. Life in Nigeria is hell on earth. Nigerian Customs and SON are dens of criminals.

    • FirecloudOFGOD

      ‘These tires were shipped all the way from China to Nigeria. Suddenly they are substandard’.

      If the tyres are substandard, they are substandard!

      Which would you rather prefer?
      a) Bring in the tyres and let Nigerians die from busted and defective tyres?
      b) Enforce the rules of the Standards organization whether these traders lose money or not?

      My main fear is that someone will go behind, claim the tyres and they will find their way back in Nigerian market place. It will be grossly unfair if the tyres are good and some custom officer is trying to scam them by duping them of genuine products!

      • Your last paragraph is most sensible. Customs and SON are dens of criminals. They scam both Nigerian and foreign traders to steal their goods. The ex comptroller stole 20 exotic vehicles from Nigerians. Those Chinese tires are better than most on vehicles on Nigerian roads.

      • Say the truth

        Do you mind him? He benefits from fraudulent business so he is not going to commend the effort of law enforcement agents. These chinco are too many here please send them back to their country that is obviously richer than Nigeria. Instead of them coming here in droves they should go to somewhere else.

  • PolyGon2013

    Ibo again!!!

  • Say the truth

    This is a slap on the wrist. What kind of nonsense bail is this. For a 5 billion offense ordinary 10 million as bail. This people will jump bail, run into Chinese and reappear in China, case closed. When will Nigeria Nigeria free itself from inferiority complex, colonial mentality? This judge is a disgrace to the bench.