Nigeria’s leading building manufacturing company, Nigerite has dissociated itself from the substance suspected to be cocaine that was reportedly found in one of the containers in which its imported raw materials were recently shipped from New Zealand to Lagos.
A statement issued in Lagos and signed by its Marketing Research and Communications Manager, Mr. Victor Jolaoso, the company categorically stated that it 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.
The firm statement is coming on the heels of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) discovery and disclosure of the contraband at Tin Can Island Port Complex (TCIP), Apapa, Lagos earlier this month by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
According to the statement, Nigerite, a highly compliant company with reputable local and international shareholders, had been operating in Nigeria for over 57 years and that during this period it had complied strictly with Nigerian laws and regulations.
It expressed its readiness to cooperate fully with the Police and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in investigating the case, asking the media to let the Police and NDLEA conduct their investigations, and expressed confidence that the outcome of the investigation will completely vindicate Nigerite.