The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) during the weekend, recorded its major bust of over two million sub-standard tyres valued at N5 billion, which were stored in a warehouse near Navy Town, Satellite, Lagos State.
This is just as the organization arrested two Chinese nationals, Taolung Shen and Xu Jing Yau, who were said to have been the owners of the substandard tyres.
The SON Director-General and Chief Executive, Osita Aboloma, while speaking to pressmen, during a tour at the warehouse, described the tyres as dead-on-arrival, adding that allowing the sale of such consignments will amount to putting at risk the lives of millions of Nigerians.
In a statement issued on Sunday, the suspects were paraded following their arrest, while the warehouse where they had been cloning different sizes of tyres under different brand names, was sealed.
The suspects, the statement added, churned out the substandard tyres into the Nigerian market under brand names such as Powertrac, Aptany, Harmony, Duraturn, Bearway, City Tour, Winda, Glory, Chachland, City Grand, Grandsonte and Sunny.
According to SON, the suspects brought the substandard tyres into Nigeria by stuffing them into one another.
“Sometimes as many as five tyres were stuffed into one and the tyres would have bent and ruptured in several places, thereby looking weak and slack.
“But the Chinese adorned the tyres with new labels and shinny linings to create the impression of being new and healthy,” SON said.
Some of the tyres found in the warehouse had post-dated manufacturing dates.