The Director-General of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Osita Aboloma on Monday said the agency intercepted over N8 billion worth of substandard electric cables, adding that the cables are cloned versions of 20 popular Nigerian brands, Premium Times reports.

According to the organisation, the cables were shipped into Nigeria from China and were discovered by the enforcement team of SON around two residential buildings in the Ajangbadi area of Lagos State. SON said the cables were imported by a certain Estobest Electrical Limited, which targeted and cloned Nigerian cables already certified by the agency in fraudulent packages.

Mr. Aboloma, who was represented by the agency’s Director, Inspectorate and Compliance, Bede Obayi, said that the agency had made some progress in the area of sanitising the nation’s cable market. He, however, explained that dubious importers were trying to exploit that achievement by going overseas to clone Nigerian cables adjudged to be the best in the world.

He noted that the importer decided to locate the warehouse in a residential area to avoid the regulatory agencies, adding that the SON enforcement team would continue its clamp down on dubious importers who resort to bringing in substandard products.