One of the suspects, who said he received N8,000 per week, explained that he was saving the money he was earning to pursue tertiary education.
Four school-leavers were arrested on Thursday, June 23, 2016, by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), for producing fake engine oil.
They were arrested at a factory located around Marine Bridge Street, Apapa, Lagos.
Emeka, the owner of the facility allegedly fled upon sighting the NSCDC operatives.
According to Punch, five jerrycans containing the counterfeit product and a bucket of gum used in the factory were discovered at the scene of the crime.
One of the suspects, 19-year-old Ndubuisi, said he was paid N8,000 on a weekly basis for his involvement.
He stated that he planned on using the money to sponsor higher academic learning.
“I am one of the manufacturers at the factory. We produce about five drums per day. The oil is packaged inside four-litre jerrycans.”
“But I don’t know the price for each. It is our boss, Emeka, that markets the product. He does not disclose the price to us.”
“He gives me N8,000 per week. I just finished my secondary school and I intend to continue my education.”
Ndubuisi, along with his colleagues, were paraded on Friday at the Lagos State Command of the NSCDC in Ikeja.