The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has apprehended a Chinese, Zhao Chum, and a clearing agent, Christian Ohia, for allegedly smuggling unregistered and controlled chemicals into the country.
According to Punch, the Ports Inspection Directorate of NAFDAC got information that the substance (Urea Formaldehyde Resin powder) was smuggled into the country in two containers through the Lagos Sea Port.
The substance was then transferred to Chum’s furniture company in Ogun state where it was impounded and brought to NAFDAC office in Oshodi, Lagos.
NAFDAC handed over Chum and Ohia to the Lagos state police command.
Chum said that the substance is used to hold furniture together.
“This glue is from China. Everyone can buy it. I am not an importer. I gave this job to an agent. The agent did not tell me anything. NAFDAC people came to look for the agent. After arresting him, they arrested me too. You can come to my factory and see what I use the substances for. It is to hold furniture together,” he said.
However, the acting Director-General of NAFDAC, Yetunde Oni said that the substance was impounded because its importation is controlled and can be use to make explosives.
“The substance is now in NAFDAC’s warehouse. The director of the company, Zhao Chum, and his clearing agent, Christian Ohia, have been arrested. They are assisting NAFDAC to unravel the supply chain,” Oni added.