Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Task force arrests fake Chinese phone dealer


Mobile phones
The task force of the Phone and Allied Products’
Dealers Association of Nigeria has apprehended
a Chinese, Mr. Lin Tian Huan, for being in
possession of over 10, 000 substandard mobile
phones.
The PAPDAN, an umbrella body of phone dealers
in the country, said Huan belonged to a Chinese
cartel responsible for flooding Computer Village
in Lagos with fake and substandard mobile
phones passed for Nokia and Samsung brands.
According to the association’s task force team,
the suspect was nabbed at No. 4 Cornerstone
Estate, opposite Abiola Gardens, Alausa, Ikeja,
Lagos.
The team told our correspondent that Huan’s
arrest was part of its effort to rid Computer
Village of the menace of fake phones.
Upon questioning at the market’s (Computer
Village) police post, it was discovered that Huan
had illegally imported over 10,000 pieces of
different models of mobile phones products into
the country.
PAPDAN’s President, Mr. Iyke Nwosu, said the
association was committed to assisting the
Standards Organisation of Nigeria to eradicate
the menace of substandard products at the
Computer Village.
While explaining the steps the association has
taken to rid the market of counterfeit products,
Nwosu said that PAPDAN provided an office for
SON officials for the establishment of a market
desk.
“Two staff of SON were subsequently deployed
to operate from the office in order to mutually
fight substandard products,” he said.
He said, “Besides, PAPDAN facilitated a joint trip
for SON’s top management to China where they
visited some phone factories and met with over
65 owners of phone factories to ensure that
these factories no longer manufacture and import
substandard phones into the Nigerian market.”
Nwosu also explained that the association and
all importers of mobile phones at the Computer
Village market agreed that from July 1, 2014, all
mobile phones that would be sold in Nigeria
would be products that had been duly registered
with SON.
These products, he said, “must have brand name
marks.” According to him, passed off mobile
phones, such as Nokia and Samsung products,
will not be stocked and displayed in stores
owned by PAPDAN members.
“In addition, the group agreed that all mobile
phone brands sold in the Nigerian market needed
to have a functional service centre, which would
cater to “after sales services.
“It, however, warned that the joint task force of
the SON and PAPDAN would confiscate and
destroy all products that lacked these
requirements,” the PAPDAN president said.
Nwosu added that PAPDAN’s partnership with
the SON had led to the registration of over 30
phone brands in the market. Some of the mobile
phone brands that have passed SON’s
comprehensive e-product registrations are
Gowin, M’horse, Bontel, XGP, Tukaro, Q7, and
Soloking. Others are U-Boss, Oktec, Maxtel, BML,
MBO, Teemur, Aus, Mi-phone, Opsson, and MTK.
Admet, H-mobile, DXD, Teenic, Simba, Ucall,
Treesky, and Gionee and Kenxinda are the
others.
When contacted, the new Police Public Relations
Officer in Lagos State, Mr. Kenneth Nwosu, said
no Chinese was handed over to the police.
“However, there was a suspicion to that effect
by traders who later let the man go after they
were convinced that what the man had were
samples,” the PPRO said.

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