The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has seized two containers of imported used tyres while they were being offloaded into a warehouse at the Ikoku Motor Spare Parts Market in Port Harcourt.
In a statement, SON stated that the seizure was as a result of a tip-off and that SON moved to the site with backup from security agents.
SON’s investigations revealed that the used tyres were concealed in containers of imported used vehicles to beat regulatory procedures.
The importer, in a written undertaking, conceded the consignment to SON for destruction, the statement indicated.
The Director-General (DG) of SON, Mallam Farouk Salim, commended the informant, the security personnel and SON officials for their patriotism in carrying out the enforcement activity.
He called on Nigerians to assist SON in protecting the citizens by providing useful information on standards infractions.
He said, “It is bad enough to import used tyres, but worse to have them stuffed five into one as even stuffed new tyres constitute a danger to road users because of the damage already done to them in the process of stuffing and un-stuffing.”