Dr Anuoluwapo Adepoju of MedContour Services Ltd. will face a five-count charge at the Federal High Court in Lagos on July 9.
The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) had charged her alongside her clinic after investigations following a failed plastic surgery.
The FCCPC in April had sealed her hospital over suspicions of illegal activities. The prosecution panel alleged that without sufficient cause, Adepoju had failed to appear before the FCCPC despite an April 15 summons. stating that she had failed to produce the required documents in defiance of an April 14 notice of investigation.
The alleged offences contravene sections 11(1)(a), 33(1)(a), 110, 113(1)(a) and 159(4) of the FCCPC Act, 2018.
However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to all the counts. The Defence counsel, Mrs Maria Jones, said she had filed a preliminary objection challenging the court’s jurisdiction. While the prosecutor, FCCPC Director-General, Mr Babatunde Irukera, urged the court to dismiss it.
Dismissing the objection, Justice Mohammed Liman held that the court’s criminal jurisdiction is activated by Section 251(f) of the 1999 Constitution.
The defendant was granted bail on self-cognisance and the trial adjourned till July 9, 2020.