In Lagos: Chinese toxic waste factory uncovered

Operatives of the Area F command of the Lagos State police command have uncovered a factory where e-waste is assembled and exported to China and Vietnam. Detectives also arrested two brains behind the e-waste company.

It was gathered that the visas of the two suspects, one Lin Piehao, 22 and Li Ruoneng, 27, have since expired but continued to stay in the country unperturbed.
Sources at the command revealed that operatives stormed the No. 19, Sule Abuka Street, Opebi, Ikeja factory, which had no signboard and arrested the suspects with several cartons of the e-waste already billed to be exported to China and Vietnam through air cargo.

One of the suspects, Lin said: “We buy phone panels (Android and Nokia panels). We buy them from phone repairers and scrap sellers. We remove the panel I.C. with machine and then ship it to China and Vietnam. We have some Nigerian casual workers in our factory but we give them the rules and urge them to be discrete before they join us.

“We actually came into Nigeria with one month visa to explore the country and study to know the business we can do, but our boss in China urged us to open the factory and we have been enjoying Nigeria and did not want to go back despite the expiration of our visa. I don’t have work permit. I know it is a crime to work without work permit, but the e-waste business is very lucrative. We do a lot to ensure that the smoke from the e-waste don’t affect the environment where we operate.”
Police authorities vowed to arraign them in court to serve as deterrent to some foreigners who embark on illegalities unhindered. Studies reveal that e-waste are injurious to human beings.


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