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Toxic waste importer still on the run

By Godwin Oritse
THE importer of the controversial toxic waste brought into the country by a Mearskline vessel ‘M V Nashville is still on the run several weeks after the vessel had left the shores of Nigeria.

The importer  runs  a  communication company situated on Number 112/114 Ago Palace Way Okota Lagos.
It was however discovered the Company is an agent to a pay T V company when Vanguard visited the office of the importer.

This reporter however met the  secretary to the importer who said that her boss has not been in the office for some time.

The who was curious on what the reporter wanted from her boss said that  may not come to the office adding that if there was any thing that needed attention, she could handle it.

The secretary however gave Unuakpa’s telephone number to the reporter .It will be recalled that  followingan alarm raised by the Nigerian Ports Authority .NPA), the  Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) yesterday arrested and detained a Mearskline vessels ‘M  V Nashiville’laden with toxic waste .

The ship agent as well as the crew on board the vessel and its  agents  were arrested and detained pending investigation
Sources close to the Tin-Can Island port Customs Command that arrested the vessel told Vanguard that the vessel actually arrived the country on the 9th of April and discharged some of its contents at the Federal Ocean Terminal in Onne in Rivers State.

The vessel has since left the shores of Nigeria “We shall be grateful for your usual immediate clearance and cooperation”.

The security particularly the NCS swung into action and monitored the movement of the vessel until she was arrested and detained.

Efforts to speak with both the arrested ship agent and the Customs Area Comptroller in charge of the Tin-can Island Port Customs Command  Alhaji Sadiq Sahabi were futile as the controller was said to awaiting directives from the Customs Headquarters in Abuja.

It will be recalled that in 1988, over 3500 tonnes of toxic waste was dumped at Koko in Delta State which caused unpalatable consequences on people of the area, including sudden deaths.

The menace of toxic waste dump according to experts has greater challenge because it is a silent killer .
Toxic waste dumps such as used electronic products, batteries, computers, telephone handsets and used tyres spark off huge radioactive waves which permeate the skin surfaces and blood vessel leading to the development of cancer of various kinds, high blood pressure, hypertension and heart attacks amongst others.


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