The police in Lagos have arrested two Chinese nationals for illegally operating an e-waste factory in the residential area of Ikeja, the state capital.
The illegal electronic waste factory which is owned and operated by Lin Piehao, 22 and Li Ruoneng, 27 assembles used electronic panels and packages them for export to China, Vietnam, and Dubai.
Commander in charge of the area, Soji Akinbayo said they were hinted by residents of the community about the illegal activities within the compound.
Employees in the illegal company – majorly youths work on 12-hour daily shift and are exposed to the e-waste which according to research is injurious to human life.
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Several cartons of e-waste already packaged and billed to be exported to China and Vietnam through air cargo were recovered by the police.
“When the residents contacted us, we also contacted the Lagos State Environment Protection Agency (LASEPA) and the safety commission of Lagos State.
“We all came here together and discovered they are working on condemned phones panel and the people working with them are not protected (for the toxic waste),” Akinbayo said.
The arrested suspects in an interview told Channels Television that they arrived in Nigeria in January 2019 on a one month visa but they extended their stay to start up the illegal e-waste factory.
The illegal factory has since been sealed.
Operatives of Operation ‘Puff Adder’ from the Nigeria Police Force have rescued five Chinese nationals and 22 others in Kaduna State.
The Chinese nationals were kidnapped on April 15, 2019, in Bobi area of Niger State and rescued on May 5, 2019, from a forest in Birnin Gwari, following investigative efforts by both air and ground surveillance.
The Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, confirmed the rescue operation in a statement released on Thursday.
According to him, two kidnappers died from injuries sustained during the exchange of gunfire with the police in the course of the rescue mission.
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“Twenty-two (22) other kidnap victims were also rescued in Zamfara state and other parts of the country in continuation of the efforts of the Nigeria Police Force to speedily bring to an end the current internal security challenges being experienced in some parts of the country”, he said.
Mr. Mba also noted that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has rolled out new counter-kidnapping operational strategies.
The new strategies, which are purposeful and intelligence-driven are targeted at identifying, locating and dismantling kidnapping gangs across the nation and bringing the kidnappers and their collaborators to justice.
Gunmen in an unmarked Golf Volkswagen vehicle on Wednesday killed two Chinese nationals at a road site project in Benishiekh town in Borno state, north east Nigeria.
Benisheikh is 72 kilometres west of Maiduguri, the state capital.
Eyewitnesses said the gunmen ambushed the Chinese engineers working on the Damaturu-Maiduguri dual carriageway and bridge and went away with the SUV belonging to the Chinese engineers after killing them.
Confirming the incident, the Police Commissioner in Borno state, Yuguda Abdullahi, said no arrest had been made in connection with the incident, adding that investigations had commenced.