By Franklin Alli
Nigerite Limited has denied to have engaged in the importation of substance suspected to be cocaine that was reportedly found in one of the containers in which its imported raw materials were shipped from New Zealand to Lagos.
In a statement signed by its Marketing Communications and Research Manager, Victor Jolaoso, said, “The Company was not involved in the packing and containerisation of the goods, and had absolutely nothing to do with the trafficking of cocaine, which is neither a raw material requirement for its operations nor part of its production processes.”
According to the statement, Nigerite has expressed its readiness to cooperate fully with the police and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (“NDLEA”) in investigating this case, asking the media to let the Police and NDLEA conduct their investigations, while expressing confidence that the outcome of the investigation will completely vindicate Nigerite.
The statement added “Nigerite, a highly compliant and respected company that counts Odu’a Investment Company Limited and reputable international companies among its shareholders, has been operating in Nigeria for over 57 years and that during this period it had complied strictly with Nigerian laws and regulations.