Mr. Osita Aboloma, Director-General, SON

SON impounds substandard phone accessories worth N480m

Alexander Davis

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) says it has seized substandard phone accessories worth over N480million (Naira).

Obiora Manafa, Director, Inspectorate and Compliance Directorate, SON, disclosed this after the agency’s recent raid on a warehouse in Lagos.

According to Mafana, the goods confiscated included telephone chargers and adapters. He said the raid was based on a tip off from its intelligence unit.

The raid was to ensure that consumers got value for money spent on goods and services, he said, restating SON’s commitment to ridding the country of substandard products.

“We are here to show the public what we seized this morning from a big warehouse in Lagos. It stocked fake telephone accessories.

“We worked on the information we got from our intelligence reports, and we saw this large consignment and started evacuating them.

“What we have evacuated already is about N480million worth of substandard telephone accessories, such as chargers and adapters. They are all fake; and they fake major brands because they know these brands are doing well in the markets,” he declared.

Manafa said the worst of it was that the frauds wrote the names of the successful brands on the faked products to deceive the unsuspecting consumers.

Recalled that in June 2019, substandard aluminium roofing sheets worth over N200million were confiscated from three aluminium companies in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Capital.

The SON recently urged Nigerian importers of electrical products to invest in products that could be manufactured locally.

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