The collaboration between the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and the Nigeria Police Force yielded results when the Divisional Police Headquarters, Ebute Ero, Lagos handed over 504 cartons of seized suspected substandard Bic brand of shaving sticks to SON representatives in Lagos.
Divisional Crime Officer (DCO), Mr Bello Taofeek, who handed over the suspected items to SON said they were apprehended in a truck waiting to be offloaded inside the Ebute Ero Market.
A statement signed by SON’s Head of Public Affairs, Mr. Bola Fashina said the arrests were made following credible information provided by some patriotic Nigerians in response to the call by regulatory agencies for all to join the Quality Vanguard.
DCO Taofeek said there was robust collaboration between the Ebute Ero Police Command and SON as well as other regulatory agencies towards apprehending substandard and unwholesome products and the purveyors and pledged the continuous support of the Divisional Police Headquarters.
He stated that investigations were still ongoing to unravel those behind the consignments and the source with a view to bringing them to book.
Receiving the items on behalf of SON, Coordinator of the Lagos State Office 1, Victoria Island, Engr. Nwaoma Olujie appreciated the Police authorities for the existing collaboration, which according to her had yielded results in the apprehension of several suspected substandard products and those behind them in the past.
Engr. Olujie hinted of another 196 Cartons of the suspected substandard Bic brand of shaving sticks earlier evacuated by SON officials from the same Ebute Ero Market, bringing the total to 700 cartons with a street value of over N6.4million.
She reminded of the promise of the SON Director General, Mr. Osita Aboloma to ensure that all apprehended standards infractions would be prosecuted in accordance with the provisions of the SON Act number 14 of 2015 and the Nigerian Criminal Code.
The SON State Coordinator assured the public of SON’s preparedness to work closely with the Police to unravel those behind the suspected substandard shaving sticks.
Samples of the suspected substandard shaving sticks would be sent to the laboratory for quality verification tests and analysis as part of the investigation.