Nnamdi Eze, a trader in the Iyana Ishashi area of Lagos, allegedly into adulterated oil, has run out of luck following his arrest by the police.
Eze, 32, reportedly siphoned adulterated oil into empty Total Oil Company jerry cans and branded them with the company’s label – Total Quartz.
It was learnt that Eze sold the fake product wholesale to his accomplice customers in Oyo and Anambra states at prices below the market rate.
It was gathered that his illegal business reached a dead head when a police team from Area D, Command, Mushin, intercepted a printer with about 700 empty jerry cans bearing the Total labels.
The printer, one Joshua, reportedly told the operatives that Eze engaged him to print the labels.
A police source told our correspondent that another 110 jerry cans of different litre sizes were recovered from Eze’s shop in Iyana Ishashi.
“The printer was intercepted on a motorcycle during a routine patrol and he led the police to Eze’s shop where he was arrested. He said Eze owed him N50, 000 balance for the printing of the Total labels,” the source said.
Eze told the police that he learnt how to produce engine oil sometime in 2017 from one Stephen at Marine Beach, Apapa, and started his own production after four months of apprenticeship.
He said, “I came to Lagos in 2016 and secured employment at a company on Victoria Island. At the time, I used to buy engine oil from street traders and sold it in Apapa. In 2017, I learnt how to produce adulterated Total Quarts oil for four months and early 2018, I started my own business.
“On February 5, 2019, I saw the printer with some policemen. He was my customer who helped me print Total Quartz labels. I asked him to produce 2,000 pieces and paid him N50, 000. I kept all the materials I used in my shop.