The Standard Organization of Nigeria ( SON), has described the discovery of a lubricant adulterating syndicate at a residential property in Lagos as a wake-up call.
A team of the Surveillance, Investigation and Monitoring (SIM), Unit of the Standard Organization of Nigeria ( SON), uncovered the lubricant syndicate at a residential property situated at number 25 Isoko Street, Sunny Bus-stop, Ojo, in the Alaba International Market area of Lagos State.
A suspect, Mr. Chizoba Emmanuel, was found on the premises with various drums of base oil and empty drums used to mix and repackage the substandard lubricants, and arrested.
The Director General, SON, Mallam Farouk Salim, represented by the Coordinator SIM Unit, Mr. Suleiman Isa, described the discovery as shocking, stating that it was indeed a wake-up call for Nigerians and particularly the organisation that there is still work to be done.
Salim said, despite SON’s several arrests in the past, deviant Nigerians still persist in the act of adulterating engine oil and selling to unsuspecting Nigerians destroying machinery and engines.
“SON will not relent in the ongoing fight against unscrupulous elements who persist in defrauding unsuspecting Nigerians through their dubious acts” he said.
The SON boss thereafter advised importers and local manufacturers to always do the right thing by upholding standards in all their undertakings, stating it will ensure a vibrant economy through strengthening of businesses as they adhere to international best practices.
Salim further assured that the organisation would continue to intensify efforts to apprehend criminals perpetuating such acts through discreet information gathering and arrests as this will go a long way in ensuring that the country is ridded of substandard products.
He therefore, called on Nigerians to come up with useful information in supporting the battle against substandard products by reporting to SON any unwholesome practice in the manufacturing of products.
The SIM team carried out the operation alongside men of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Nigerian Police Force.