Fake phones dealer arrested in Lagos
from HENRY IFEANYI in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS – A Chinese national believed to be a member of a cartel responsible for flooding the popular computer Village Market in Lagos with fake and substandard mobile phones has been arrested.
Lin Tian Huan, who allegedly specialises in importing and selling substandard phone phones, which are passed off for notable brands, was arrested in Lagos.
His arrested was made possible by a taskforce set up by the Phone and Allied Products Dealers Association (PAPDAN) to rid the market of fake and substandard phones.
The association said Huan was arrested with over 10 000 pieces of different models of mobile phones products, which he had illegally imported into the country.
The Chinese national has since been handed over to the police for prosecution.
PAPDAN’s President, Iyke Nwosu, said the association is committed to assist the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to eradicate the menace of substandard and fake products at the Computer Village.
Nwosu also explained that the association and all importers of mobile phones in Ikeja Computer Village market agreed that from July 1, 2014, all mobile phones that would be sold in Nigeria would be products that have been duly registered with the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON).
According to him, passed off mobile phones such as Nokia and Samsung products would no longer be stocked or displayed in stores owned by PAPDAN’s members.
In addition, he said that all mobile phone brands sold in Nigeria market need to have a functional Service Centre, which would cater to “after sales services.”
Nwosu warned that all products that lack these requirements would be confiscated and destroyed by the joint taskforce of the SON and PAPDAN.
– CAJ News
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