The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has impounded fairly-used and expired tyres worth millions of naira in Abuja.
This was disclosed in a statement made available on the organisation’s Facebook page on Thursday, April 20.
A combined team of SON’s Operations Department, Federal Capital Territory State office and security operatives on Tuesday, April 18 swooped on a major dealer (names withheld) in Abuja and confiscated the fairly-used and expired tyres, the statement said.
The statement further said that during the raid, which was carried out following a tip-off, it was found that the tyres were packed by squeezing eight tyres in one and the tyres original DOT numbers were scrapped off.
The statement read in part, “The battle against the influx of substandard tyres into the country gained more grounds as Standards Organisation of Nigeria’s Operations Department in conjunction with the Federal Capital Territory State office and security operatives on Tuesday swooped on a major dealer in second hand tyres popularly known as “Tokunbo” or “Belgium” tyres confiscating used and expired tyres worth millions of naira.
“The raid which was carried out in the early hours of Tuesday caught the dealer (name with-held) unawares as thousands of tyres only recently smuggled into the country were impounded after a tip off. The tyres which were packed by squeezing eight tyres in one were also observed to have had their original DOT numbers scraped off and replaced with embossed bogus dates of manufacture.”
The tyre dealer has since been handed over to the police for investigation.
Safety Record Newspaper recalls that the organisation had earlier in the year impounded substandard tyres worth N5 billion naira in Lagos, with the perpetrators, including two male Chinese nationals, currently being prosecuted.
Meanwhile, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria has warned importers and dealers in fairly-used tyres to desist from the act or face the full weight of the law.
The Director of Operations, SON through the team leader Mr. Femi Ajao of the SON Operations Department advised “Nigerians to stop the patronage of second hand or used tyre as it is one of the major causes of automobile accidents in the country and also a waste of time and scarce resources because if the tyre does not kill you then you will lose money because before long the tyres which are already weak cannot last long as they are already compromised the way they (were) packed”.
He also warned importers and dealers in “tokunbo” tyres to desist from the act as SON is on the look-out for them and if apprehended risk jail term.