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Business Chinese firm exports toxic waste to Nigeria

According to reports, a Chinese based company, Shijiazhuang Qixiang Chemical Co Ltd has exported a 10 by 20ft container of sand-like toxic waste in place of caustic soda to a Nigerian imported, Christo Ventures Ltd in Lagos.

Christo Ventures Ltd, a chemical imported licensed by NAFDAC to import, N0. 1300280 of 2013 with the item, caustic soda listed as N0.15 on the permit, stated that the consignment was in total constrast with what it had ordered for.
NAFDAC, during its routine checks at the Sifax Bonded Terminal on June 7 2013, identified the consignment to be in contrast with the expected caustic soda that usually appear in pearls. On identification of the content, officials of NAFDAC collected samples from three of the 10 containers for further laboratory analysis. The analysis confirmed that the substance shipped to Christo Ventures by the Chinese company was not caustic soda, contrary to both parties’ agreement.

Reacting to the development, NAFDAC Director-General, Dr. Paul Orhii, who was represented by a director in the agency, Mrs. Hauwa Keri, told newsmen that the sand-like substance, which could be re-extracted to get hard drugs, could also constitute serious hazards to the environment as well as security risk.

On his part, Managing Director of Christo Ventures, Christian Udeh, who alleged that he was duped by the Chinese company said he had invested over N30 million in the business.
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