A Chinese national, Zhu Jinxin, has been docked before the Federal High Court, in Lagos, on one- count charge of unlawful exportation.
He was arraigned before Justice Hadiza Rabiu Shagari by the Nigeria Customs Service Board (NCSB), and pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The one-count charge read: ” That you Zhu Jinxin of Akura Estate, off Adeniyi Jones street, Ikeja, Lagos, on or about the November 16, 2015 at Tin-Can Port, Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, brought several logs of wood in a container with number MOAU 0066913/9 for the purpose of exportation to China contrary to export prohibition, which is for the time being in force and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 64(1)(b) of the Customs And Excise Management Act, Cap C45 of Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, and punishable under the same section of the Act”.
After the plea of the accused person was taken by the court, the prosecutor, Ajakaye Iyiola prayed the court for a trial date while the defence counsel, Abdumalik Ibrahim informed the court of a pending bail application before it.
After listing to both prosecution and defence counsel submission, the trial judge, Justice Shagari consequently, granted bail to the accused person in the sum of N 10 million with two sureties, who must be civil servant.
The court has fixed October 4, 2016 for trial.