By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKA – 2,490 cartons of imported fake Kiwi shoe polish estimated at N23 million have been destroyed in Awka, Anambra state,Â following an order of a Federal High Court sitting in Awka, the Anambra state capital.
The fake products were importedÂ by an Onitshaâ€“based company, O. Davis Nigeria Limited and had already passed through the Ports and Customs checks and delivered at a warehouse in Onitsha before they were discovered.
Information on the polish gave the impression that they were manufactured in France, whereas they were imported from China.
Another company based in Onitsha, ASCO Investment Ltd, which has an exclusive right to market Kiwi Shoe Polish in the West African Sub-region, had on the discovery of the fake products in the market, dragged the importer to the court and got a favourable judgment on July 23, 2009.
During the prosecution of the matter, the court had ordered that the consignment be brought to the court from where they were loaded in four trailers and burnt in the outskirts of Awka, at the weekend.
Managing Director of ASCO Investment Ltd, Chief Sam Anyanwutaku told reporters in Awka that he wil not relent in the war against piracy, copyright violation,Â criminal faking and adulteration of goods in the country.
â€œAs an honourable outfit doing legitimate business, my company had been in the vanguard of the war against fake and adulterated products flooding the country. We had fought various legal battles to deter the importation of fake goods and we had won so many court cases so far decided, while some are still pending in court.
In 2004, for instance, ASCO Investment obtained victory at the Federal High Court in Lagos, which led to the seizure of N32 million worth of fake Ampicur air freshnersÂ and as directed by the court, 6000 cartons of the fake product were publicly destroyed on December 9 of that year,â€ he said.