I thought this was a rumor but after doing a little bit of research, I discovered it was 100% true. According to a publication on Nairaland, The InnJoo office has been closed down by Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) due to the use of substandard materials and hardware being used to produce Innjoo phones especially Innjoo Fire.
Despite the cut-out from the newspaper above (I couldn’t tell which newspaper source it was), I needed more evidence and luckily I saw a release from NanNews Nigeria, According to them, NCC has been hunting down InnJoo Technology Ltd for non-type approval of telecommunications equipment since Wednesday.
A Mr. Salisu Abdul, the head of enforcement unit of NCC said as at the time of the report on NanNews that they are yet to locate the office address of the company. Apparently they have been writing to InnJoo since February to type-approve its phones but the company had refused.
They usually require a type approval so that the phones brought into the Nigerian market are in consonance with the networks in Nigeria. He said that the sale of non-type-approved telecoms equipment was a criminal offense, according to the provision of Section 131 of the Communication Act.
”While we are exercising our monitoring powers, we discovered that Innjoo Technology brought in some telecoms devices into the country and we asked the company to bring them for type approval. ‘We have been corresponding with them in compliance with our transparency and fairness regulatory activity and they fail to submit these equipment for type approval. So in that regard, we are now trying to trace who is Innjoo in Nigeria and discovered that it is being represented by a legal practitioner; Fortress Solicitors, whose office is City Hall,” he said. The head of enforcement said that Fortress Solicitors had refused to provide the address of Innjoo, even after being interrogated by the police. We want to sanitise the telecoms market to ensure that all equipment brought into the country is type approved for better quality of service,”
So, investigation will continue and if we find where Innjoo is, we will go and confiscate the equipment to ensure compliance.” Abdul said.
Mr Abdul further advised Nigerians to be conscious of the type of phones they buy as they affect the quality of services being received.
With the reports from the Nairaland user, it seems that they have finally caught up with InnJoo Technology limited. Efforts have been made to contact InnJoo and you would be updated when I’ve gotten a response.
Update: I further checked the list of type approved mobile handsets in Nigeria by NCC and InnJoo had only 3 devices listed, 2 GSM devices and 1 Smartphone (i.e. The InnJoo i1s)
I am sure the Anti-china fans would have one or two things to say about this!