Seemberg News

Latest Nigeria Business News

NAFDAC holds 10 over adulteration, threatens Aba market shutdown


Prof Moji AdeyeyeTen suspects in Aba, the commercial city of Abia State are in the net of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control over adulterated beverages as the agency shut down the Cemetery Market in the area.

The Director, South-East Zone of NAFDAC, Martins Iluyomade, disclosed this to newsmen, on Tuesday, during the raid of the market which began on Monday, stating that the suspects in the Cemetery Market occupied over 240 shops meant for traders which they turned into production centres for large scale adulteration of beverages and drugs.

“What’s happening here at the Cemetery Market, Aba is worse than Boko Haram. We saw how too many shops were converted into manufacturing centres for all manner of wines, expensive drinks, and revalidation of expiry date of products.

“We have the cooperation of the state government and so far we have discovered 240 shops used for this illegal manufacturing of fake consumables and about 10 persons have been arrested and the arrests are still ongoing”, he said as he called for the temporary shutdown of Cemetery Market, Aba, for proper sanitisation following the huge discovery of large scale production of fake products in the market.

He disclosed that the agency got information about the illegal activities involving the adulteration of known beverage brands in the market by a large number of persons, stating that after doing some background checks, it discovered that “horrendous things” were happening there, and decided to carry out the operation without involving its Abia office.

“Four trailers cannot carry the fake products we moved out from here. It shows the extent we have gone so bad as a country and the extent of dangers these people are creating. No wonder we have all manner of health issues and the funny thing is that we use our money to buy this evil. Our Director General is not leaving any stone unturned in getting rid of fake products in our market.

“I will suggest that this market be shut down for now until we sanitise this market for a while. We have written to the appropriate authorities to that effect and we think it is the right thing to do because when people are around, everywhere is rowdy”, he said.

Reacting, the Coalition of South-East Youth Leaders frowned at the development, describing it as “man’s inhumanity to man”, advising that the matter must not be treated with kid’s gloves.

The leader of COSEYL, Mr Goodluck Ibem, who spoke to newsmen, called on the National Assembly to amend the constitution with capital punishment attached to producing adulterated products and their sale. He similarly called on the Abia State Governor, Alex Otti, to cooperate with NAFDAC in the state to ensure that the Cemetery Market is sanitised, and bad eggs sent out, while genuine business people are encouraged to do their lawful businesses.

According to the Aba Unit of the Civil Liberties Organisation, the situation amounts to a terrorist act with the perpetrators being the terrorists who should be properly dealt with by the agency.

The Chairman of the CLO in Aba, Dr Charles Chinekezi, charged the NAFDAC officials and other law enforcement agencies to be aware of fake, substandard and expired products and to be more serious in dealing with perpetrators of such acts, noting that the attitude of the agency if changed, will go a long way in determining if such activities will continue or stop.

Previous Article

Obi visits Kaduna bomb victims, donates N5m

Next Article

Lagos gets new police commissioner

You may also like

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *