Suspected toxic waste container thrown in Lagos

Posted by on Nov 4, 2020, Under: News

Suspected toxic waste container thrown in Lagos

A 20-foot container, believed to contain toxic waste, was thrown at the Berger Suya bus stop, along the end of Cocoanut – Mile2 (near the footbridge) of the Oshodi / Apapa Expressway.

A specialized container with the number TLLU 2813171 is loaded with already rusted stacked drums from six wide and five tall drums. When Vanguard visited the container yard yesterday, the head of the truck was removed and the body was loaded with cargo.

Vanguard’s findings showed that a truck whose license plate had been removed could have stood there for a long time.

Vanguard discovered that about 15 barrels had been removed, raising concerns that the cargo could have been stolen.

An executive member of the National Council of Heads of Authorized Customs Agents who drew Vanguard’s attention to the container, said he saw the chemical fall off the cargo and recalled the famous Coco incident.

According to the source, some people nearby helped open the door, which at that time was ajar.

Following a Vanguard site visit, Tin Island Public Relations Officer Uche Ejesieme and his colleague from Apapa1 Command Abubakar Usman of Nigeria Customs, NCS, were contacted to find out which port the shipment was cleared from.

Ejesieme told Vanguard that it was not possible to identify the port from which the cargo was cleared by the container number alone, noting that the ship that delivered the container must be identified.

However, Usman asked Avangard to send him the container number to help him get the details, but he later did not return calls.

When contacted, Amaka Ejiofor, a public relations officer at the National Environmental Compliance Agency, NESREA, said she would consult and return to Vanguard, but she did not do so as she did during the press.

However, a NESREA spokesman who spoke to Vanguard said that with regard to any suspected cargo of concern to the port agency; they are usually brought to their attention by NCS officials.

The official asked why they had not received notification from customs.

An attempt to contact the spokeswoman for the National Food and Drug Administration, NAFDAC, Kristi Obiazikwuo, was unsuccessful as she could not be reached by phone and did not respond to the text message sent. to her.

Source: – Vanguard