“The raid was done in collaboration with the Cable Manufactures Association of Nigeria (CAMAN) and the operatives of the Nigeria Police Force (CID).”
Standards Organization of Nigeria said in a statement on Thursday.
“The swoop on the syndicate’s store at the Alaba International Market in Lagos, followed successful trailing of a suspicious looking consignment of cables to a location that turned out to be a hide out for the nefarious activities of the syndicate,” said its Director -General SON, Osita Aboloma.
“The organisation had been on the trail of the perpetrators for a while after eluding arrest twice. We were able to nab them red-handed this time, based on a tip-off from our collaborators,” he said.
Head of Standards Organisation of Nigeria’s Surveillance, Intelligence and Monitoring (SIM) Unit, Suleiman Isa added that the syndicate specialises in the counterfeiting of genuine brands of made in Nigeria
“Their modus -operandi is to import either foreign branded cables or unbranded cables and re-label as certified Nigerian brands to deceive unsuspecting buyers. They then present this substandard cables with SON certification marks on the labels to fake authentication and verification to the Nigerian Consumer”.
Mr. Isa disclosed the names of the four suspects arrested as Kelechi Emannuel, Chidi Eyinna, Victor Uzor and Otugor Kingsley.
Items recovered at the scene were two fabricated contraptions used for coiling cables, labels of various local certified cable brands and 129 rolls of cable wires
The Coordinator of SIM Unit said investigation is still ongoing, stressing that the suspects will be charged to court by the Police on conclusion.
He commended the Cable Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (CAMAN) for their commitment and vigilance which has assisted towards sanitising the electric cable sector.
The Head of SIM enjoined other sectoral groups to take a cue from CAMAN towards boosting the efforts to protect the life and property of Nigerians, adding value to consumers and protecting the local industry from economic vandals.