The police at the Trade Fair
Complex Division, Ojo, Lagos State, southwest
Nigeria, have arrested two suspected fake brake
lubricant producers alleged to have flooded the
Nigerian market with fake break oil and
lubricant and in the process, endangering the lives
of motorists and commuters.
A police source identified
the suspects as Joseph Wanwuo, 33, the alleged ring
leader who resides at 103 Uzo Street, Ajegunle,
Lagos State with his wife and four children. His
partner in crime was identified as Sunday Peter, 43,
who resides at 19, Ogboye Close, Afromedia,
Okokomaiko, Ojo, Lagos.
that nemesis caught up with the suspects when the
Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in charge of Trade
Fair Complex Police Division, SP Robinson Eregare
and his team raided the suspects hideout at the Auto
Parts Market at the Trade Fair Complex following a
Items recovered from the
suspects include 172 filled fake cans of Auto Shell
Oil and 17 empty cans, 67 pieces of cover caps, 21
pieces of fake allied brake fluid cans, 20 pieces of
castle fluids, four pieces of fake filled Abro and
Polygard brake oil, 47 Welber filled oil cans, two
jerry cans of groundnut oil and a bowl for mixing
the products and five colorant cans.
During interrogation, the
suspects allegedly confessed to producing fake brake
oil and selling them to unsuspecting members of the
public at cheaper rate.
In his confessional
statement to the police, Joseph allegedly stated
that they have been in the business for the past
five years and were always smiling to the bank.
He revealed that they mixed
spirits with groundnut oil and colorant to form
their brake oil in an original brake oil cans.
“We knew what we were doing
was wrong, but greed would not permit us to stop the
act,” he said.
contacted the DPO in charge of Trade Fair Complex
Division, he was said to have gone to the state
Police Command, Ikeja for a meeting.
A senior police source
confirmed the incident, saying that after
preliminary investigation, the suspects were
transferred to the SCID, Panti, Yaba, for further
At completion of
investigation, they were charged before an Ojo
Magistrate’s Court on a seven-count charge of felony
to wit, product adulteration.