The Federal Government has dragged Glaxosmithkline Consumer Nigeria Plc and Nestle Nigeria Plc and their officials to court for allegedly running a fake lottery promo.
The Police Legal Officer from Force Criminal Investigation Department, Force Headquarters, Abuja, filed a 10-count criminal charge against the companies before a Federal High Court in Lagos.
In the charge, it was stated that Dayanand Thandalam Siram, Jonathan Murray, Uche Uwechia, Glaxosmithkline Consumer Nigeria Plc and others now at large between October 2014 and October 2015, induced the citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in order to confer benefit on themselves.
PM News reports that the accused allegedly committed the crime by entering into the contract of buying a product titled ‘Lucozade And Ribena Big Cash Give Away’ upon promise that the participants will win a prize.
The accused same time and period were also alleged to have indicated that the premises of GSK House, 1, Industrial Avenue, Ilupeju, Lagos, as a place for the purpose of lottery to be used for the purposes of obtaining by false pretence from the Nigerian populace.
In a separate development, but similar circumstances, the Federal Government has filed another 10-count criminal charge of sponsoring fake promo against Nestle Nigeria Plc and two of its officials.
The case has been adjourned till next March when all the accused and their company will be arraigned before the court.