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The sanitization efforts of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) at the weekend recorded a huge success with the unraveling and sealing in Lagos, on Saturday, of a factory with substandard tyres
worth over N5bn.
The haul, which was touted to be about the agency’s biggest in recent times, involved a Chinese-run company, Sino Tyres Limited, located in the Ojo area of the state, following a diligent surveillance by the Investigation and compliance division of the SON led by Engr Bede Obayi.
The number of the tyres was put at about 2 million pieces, some of which were destroyed on arrival through stuffing into one another.
SON Director-General and Chief Executive, Mr. Anthony Aboloma who conducted journalists round the premises of the company, put the value of the tyres at about N5bn, saying some of the people connected with the business had already been picked up and were now chatting with the police.
An obviously worried Aboloma, said that aside the cost, the practice portended grave danger for lives and property, as well as for the nation’s economy.
“We intercepted one of their trucks on the highway, tracked it and then this. You can see the amount of danger that these people are posing to our people and our economy just because they want to make
money”, Aboloma said.
He said getting to the premises of the company revealed a lot of illicit activities, including re-labelling, high level of stuffing of  several tyres into one, tampering with expiry dates and staking the tyres in very adverse conditions.
“It is a clear case of investing millions in illicit business in order to take away the lives of millions of Nigerians. If we should allow something like this, it will amount to killing Nigerians”, Aboloma said.
He showed among tyres in the stock, some post-dated with January as manufacture date, but that were already in the country as at the time of the seizure, despite the fact that it would take months for shipments from China to arrive Nigeria, adding that such anticipatory dating had malicious intentions.
The brands in the seizure included Powertrac, Aptany, Harmony, Duraturn, Bearway, City Tour, Winda, Glory, Chachland, City Grand, Grandsonte (Tyre types), and Sunny (for tricycles) amongst others.
Aboloma thanked Nigerians for volunteering information to the SON, saying that those arrested in connection with the latest deal would be tried in line with the new SON act and if found guilty, prosecuted.
He said his agency was exploring all avenues towards nipping acts like the one under reference in the bud, and would as a matter of necessity intensify activities towards market surveillance, inter-agency
collaboration, as well as public sensitisation and consumer awareness.
“For us, it is a continuous fight. Currently, we are prosecuting about five cases in different high courts in line with the mandate of the SON, we burn substandard products when there is need to, following
laid down procedures in all of these”, he said.

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