Chinese Man Arrested For Smuggling Chemicals Into Nigeria (Photo)

A Chinese, Zhao Chum, and a
clearing agent, Christian Ohia,
have been arrested by the police
in Lagos State for allegedly
smuggling unregistered and
controlled chemicals into the country.
Our correspondent gathered
that Chum, who owns a furniture
company in Ogun State, was
apprehended by officials of the
National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, and
handed over to the police for
investigations.
It was learnt that the Ports
Inspection Directorate of the
agency had got a tip-off that the substance, identified as Urea
Formaldehyde Resin powder,
was smuggled in through the
Lagos sea port in two containers.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the
containers were allegedly taken to Chum’s company in Omu
Ijebu, from where the NAFDAC
operatives impounded and
brought them to the agency’s
office in Oshodi, Lagos State.
Thirty-three-year-old Chum said the substance was glue, meant
for his furniture works, adding
that he was not guilty of
smuggling.
He said, “This glue is from China.
Everyone can buy it. I am not an importer. I gave this job to an
agent. The agent did not tell me
anything. NAFDAC people came
to look for the agent. After
arresting him, they arrested me
too. “You can come to my factory and
see what I use the substances
for. It is to hold furniture
together.”
A NAFDAC official, however, told
our correspondent that the substances were seized by the
agency because its importation
was controlled, as it could be
used to produce explosive
devices.
The acting Director-General, NAFDAC, Yetunde Oni, who
confirmed Chum’s arrest, added
that investigation was ongoing
into the matter.
She said, “The substance is now
in NAFDAC’s warehouse. The director of the company, Zhao
Chum, and his clearing agent,
Christian Ohia, have been
arrested. They are assisting
NAFDAC to unravel the supply
chain.”
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