Police uncover Chinese toxic waste factory in Lagos

Operatives of the Area F Command of the Lagos State Police Command have uncovered a factory where e-waste are assembled and exported to China and Vietnam.
The discovery was made on Wednesday as Detectives also arrested two brains behind the e-waste company.
It was gathered that the visas of the two suspects, Lin Piehao, 22, and Li Ruoneng, 27, had since expired but they have continued to stay in the country.
Sources at the command revealed that operatives stormed the 19, Sule Abuka Street, Opebi, Ikeja, Lagos State factory, which had no signboard and arrested the suspects with several cartons of the e-waste already billed to be exported to China and Vietnam through air cargo.
A police source said: “We got a tip-off about their activities and we stormed there and arrested them.
“We also discovered that the two brains behind the company are staying in Nigeria illegally.
“They came to Lagos in May and they were issued one month visa but they exceeded their stay and working in Nigeria illegally.”
Lin told police operatives: “We buy phone panels (Android and Nokia panels).
“We buy them from phone repairers and scrap sellers.
“We remove the panel IC with machine and then ship it to China and Vietnam.
“We have some Nigerian casual workers in our factory but we give them the rules and urge them to be discrete before they join us.
“We actually came into Nigeria with one month visa to explore the country and study to know the business we can do, but our boss in China urged us to open the factory and we have been enjoying Nigeria and did not want to go back despite the expiration of our visa.
“I don’t have work permit.
“I know it is a crime to work without work permit, but the e-waste business is very lucrative.
“We do a lot to ensure that the smoke from the e-waste don’t affect the environment where we operate.”