Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON, has evacuated over 1000 cartons of sub standard phones in a warehouse belonging to Yi Fang Communication located at Gumel Road, Bompa, Kano, and arrested a Chinese woman, owner of the fake phone warehouse.
Disclosing the development in Kano, the State Head of SON, Engr. Yahaya Bukar said the agency’s enforcement team carried out the clampdown on the firm following a tip off.
He said the action was necessitated by the discovery that the Chinese woman has been involved in the importation of substandard various leading brand of phones into country.
Bukar said the SON team first stormed the warehouse for enforcement purposes, evacuated products worth over N150 million and eventually arrested the woman.
“During the first visit, a total of 1003cartons of Techno and Geonee substandard phones were evacuated.
He explained that the phones were test and failed the various basic parameters.
In addition “the phone are not registered or certified by SON. There is no required import documents on the product that can be retrieved from the importer by name, Xiulin popularly called “Sky” in Nigeria”, Bukar said
He explained that the Chinese Lady was eventually arrested and whist away by the Police for further interrogation.
Our investigation revealed their importation of products into Nigeria requires the possession of SON”s conformity assessment programme, SONCAP, certificate while locally made products are permissible with the agency’s mandatory conformity assessment programme, MANCAP.
According to Bukar the two firms –Yi Fangk Communications Ltd would be prosecuted for importation of substandard products as well as unauthorized use of NIS logo.
He said that the confiscated phones would be destroyed after further laboratory analysis to confirm they are fake and unsafe for use
Sources close to SON told our correspondent that the agency remains committed towards meeting its target of reducing the level of sub-standard products across the country to 10 per cent by the end of 2015.

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