How to check for fake tyres – Standard Organisation of Nigeria

Tyres (Photo: Guardian Nigeria)

The Standard Organisation on Nigeria has warned Nigerians to always check for expiry dates of tyres before purchase.

Osita Abuloma, the Director General of SON, spoke on Sunday after the arrest of two Chinese nationals for allegedly importing N5 billion worth of substandard tyres into the country.

Mr. Abuloma said the seized tyres were shipped from China and were post-dated to make them appear roadworthy.

“Because we have sensitised the public that while buying tyres, they should look out for the manufacturing date.

“These people postdated their tyres to reflect manufacturing date to be first week of January 2017, whereas the tyres berthed on Nigerian soil first week of February 2017.

“So are they saying it took them only four weeks to bring the tyres from China to Nigeria across the sea?”

Mr. Abuloma further said the fact that the tyres are tucked into one another – in groups of five – using rods to separate them would compromise their quality.

“This is because in the course of separating them from the squeeze, the wires and geometrics of the tyres will be affected.”

The Chinese suspects, identified as Tanlong and Xu Jing Yao, were arrested after a tip-off from “well meaning Nigerians,” Mr. Abuloma said.

“We acted on the intelligence we received and this was achieved as a result of inter-agency collaboration,” he said.

“The glory is not for SON alone. You can see the volume of tyres brought in and you can imagine the implication for our society if these tyres are let into the market.”

Mr. Abuloma said the seizure – 60 containers of tyres – was the agency’s biggest ever.

“As you can see, they have different types and models of tyres. They have for tricycles, trailers, buses and normal cars,” he said.

“When the tyres are separated from one another, they simply brand them to deceive unwary Nigerians. But I can assure the Nigerian public that these arrested persons will be prosecuted under the new SON Act.”


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  • Date or no date, those tires are far better than most tires currently on Nigerian vehicles. Nigerian Customs are the most corrupt agency in Nigeria. They already have black market to dispose these tires once ‘stolen’ from these Chinese. These was no way these Chinese could import these tires into the country without legal process. The crooked Nigerian Customs are on the prowl. Just like their former comptroller stole 20 exotic cars from poor Nigerians.

  • Justice and Fairness

    We’ve still not been told how we can detect those carrying fake or postdated manufacturing date after all the rigmarole and chest thumping. Mr SON also should have been more professional in his explanation. It is called plastic deformation not geometrics

  • Abdul

    What are this people saying? How long does it take to ship cargo from China to Nigeria? Not more than 4weeks pls. I do not believe those tires are fake until they undergo laboratory test. Telling us that a tire is fake by saying that those tires shouldn’t have been here under 4 weeks is simply not scientific. I had thought that SON would have given us a more scientific reason as a basis for calling those tires fake.

  • Comfortkay

    I have no idea when we are going to get our Acts together, Chinese has purchase our lands and they brought their own people to work there and grow food that they would eat and we import food
    Now they are here with fake tyres no wonder we die on our roads like Chicken

  • Gary

    Let the Customs and other officials at our ports do their jobs with diligence instead of putting the onus on the public to check for fake products.

    Same way they take bribes to allow contraband Rice and Garri into the country and then round to raid innocent traders at the local markets who now bear huge losses.
    Just stop the corruption at the ports and bordera and the problem would be solved.

  • LionHeart

    Nigeria has always been a dumping ground. What do you expect?

  • Ezekiel

    What is our Customs doing at the points of entry?