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Photo: Chinese Businessman Arrested For Importing Unregistered Chemical Into Nigeria

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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.”




  1. fifelomo

    July 22, 2016 at 5:02 AM

    I will reserve all comments till thorough investigation is carried out.

  2. Metu Nyetu

    July 22, 2016 at 6:57 AM

    NAFDAC and co. I hope you guys know what you’re doing. That is one. Secondly, sometimes I wonder if your name shoudn’t be changed to accomodate other things that you poke your nose into. Glue is neither food nor drug; so are perfumes and other cosmetics. Change your name or leave the job for another agency to do.

    Na my own o.

  3. Big Aunty koks

    July 22, 2016 at 7:38 AM

    Unregistered chemicals” what does that mean? Is it edible, hence the arrest by NAFDAC? NaijaGist please give us more information so we recognize possible dangers and identify if same is in our communities.

  4. huchennar

    July 22, 2016 at 7:40 AM

    the man sounds innocent.. Nafdac should follow him to his workshop

  5. sola olaniyi

    July 22, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    he looks innocent though

  6. betty

    July 22, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    all this Chinese men will come to naija and do whatsoever they like can a Nigeria man try this in China without being deported immediately.

  7. Tee

    July 22, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    Humm something is not right here, the container was cleared at the port and delivered to the factory. The question is what happened to the various inspection process that the containers has to be subjected to in the port, unless it was declare as something else; even so i thought we have qualified personnel in the ports working with nafdac and all the various test equipment. Going by the information available this chemical urea formaldehyde is truly a resin used in furniture industries as bonding agent. though it may not be generally known in Nigeria given that we are backward in technology and manufacturing.

    here is some info on the web:-


    Approximately 1 million metric tons of urea-formaldehyde are produced every year. Over 70% of this production is then put into use by the forest products industry for bonding particleboard (61%), medium density fiberboard (27%), hardwood plywood (5%), and laminating adhesive (7%).

    General uses:

    Urea-formaldehyde is everywhere and used in many manufacturing processes due to its useful properties. Examples include decorative laminates, textiles, paper, foundry sand molds, wrinkle resistant fabrics, cotton blends, rayon, corduroy, etc. It is also used to glue wood together. Urea formaldehyde was commonly used when producing electrical appliances casing (e.g. desk lamps).

    Agricultural :

    Urea formaldehyde is also used in agriculture as a controlled release source of nitrogen fertilizer. Urea formaldehyde’s rate of decomposition into CO2 and NH3 is determined by the action of microbes found naturally in most soils. The activity of these microbes, and, therefore, the rate of nitrogen release, is temperature dependent. The optimum temperature for microbe activity is approximately 70-90 °F (approx 20-30 °C).

    Safety concerns

    Urea-formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI) was used extensively in the 1970s. Homeowners used UFFI as a wall cavity filler at the time in order to conserve energy. In the 1980s, concerns began to develop about formaldehyde vapor emitted in the curing process, as well as from the breakdown of old foam. Emission rates exceeding 3.0 – 5.0 parts per million (ppm) cause a variety of adverse health effects impacting the eyes, nose, and respiratory system. Consequently, its use was discontinued. The urea-formaldehyde emissions decline over time and significant levels should no longer be present in the homes today.

    Modern replacement options for UFFI include melamine formaldehyde resin, low-emission UF insulation materials, and polyurethane

    Melamine resin is often used in kitchen utensils and plates (such as Melmac). Melamine resin utensils and bowls are not microwave safe.

    During the late 1950s and 1960s melamine tableware became highly fashionable. Aided crucially by the stylish modern designs of A. H. Woodfull and the Product Design Unit of British Industrial Plastics, it was thought to threaten the dominant position of ceramics in the market. The tendency of melamine cups and plates to stain and scratch led sales to decline in the late 1960s, however, and eventually the material became largely restricted to the camping and nursery market.[5]
    Cabinet and furniture making

    Melamine resin is often used to saturate decorative wall paper that is laminated under heat and pressure and then pasted onto particle board; the resulting panel is often called melamine and commonly used in ready-to-assemble furniture and kitchen cabinets.

    i hope they get to the bottom of this its kind of muddle up. if we really want to encourage inward investment we must have good knowledge base system to evaluate raw materials and processes.

  8. buzu-k

    July 22, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    oga zhao-chum sorry for the embarrassment,u knw here is nigeria,we dont know dat there is other substance u can use to hold furnitures together apart from nail.but roadside-mechanics no allow us to know the real mad men.

  9. Truce

    July 22, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    Na wa o, we are waitg for d outcome of d investigation.

  10. Maryf

    July 25, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Chum, pray that you are innocent, if not, you have just entered one chance.

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