July 22 ,2016 – Picture: Chinese Businessman Arrested For Importing Unregistered Resin Powder Into Nigeria Through Lagos Sea Port
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.
We 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.”