The Standards Organization of Nigeria recently carried out a raid seizing thousands of tyres recently smuggled into Nigeria. The Tyres were impounded following a tip-off and subsequent investigation.
The tyres which were packed by squeezing eight tyres in one were also observed to have had their original DOT numbers scraped off and replaced with embossed bogus dates of manufacture.
The operation which was a partnership between the Standards Organisation of Nigeria’s Operations Department, Federal Capital Territory State office and security operatives focused on a major dealer in second hand tyres popularly known as “Tokunbo” or “Belgium” tyres. The tyres confiscated are estimated to be worth millions of naira.
The confiscated tyres were evacuated and the dealer handed over to the police for further investigations.
The Director Operations SON through the team leader Mr. Femi Ajao of the SON Operations department advised Nigerians to “stop the patronage of second hand or used tyres as it is one of the major causes of automobile accidents in the country , a waste of time and scarce resources because if the tyre does not kill you then you will lose money because before long the tyres which are already weak cannot last long as they are already compromised the way they packed”.
He also warned importers and dealers in Tokunbo tyres to desist from the act as SON is on the look -out for them and if apprehended risk jail term.