By Raheem Akingbolu
The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has recorded another major breakthrough in its crusade against counterfeits and sub-standard goods in the country.
The development occurred with the Council’s arrest of a Lebanese, believed to be behind the importation of fake tobacco products into the country.
Following a tip-off, the arrest of the culprit was effected in Kano recently, with a team of armed police men, while fake tobacco products worth N10million were confiscated from his warehouse in the town.
A statement signed by the Head of Public Affairs in the council, Mr. Abiodun Obimuyiwa, said the Council’s surveillance and enforcement operation was carried out in Sharada Industrial Area, Phase I in Kano, where several cartons of Kings, Capital and Esse Menthol cigarette products found to be sub-standard and hazardous were confiscated.
The Lebanese, names withheld, was said to have initially attempted to obstruct the enforcement operation of the Council, claiming that he was in a legitimate business that has not constituted any economic sabotage to the country or its people.
However, after the initial confusion created, reason and full weight of the Council’s law prevailed, prompting him and his subordinates to surrender for the operation and thorough search to be conducted on the warehouse.
In the course of the search, it was discovered that all the products in the warehouse were without manufacturing and expiration dates, while some had no proper health warning inscribed on them in line with international standards and best practice.
Following the discovery, the culprit was immediately arrested and taken to the Bompai Police Station for the Council to incident the case with a view to prosecuting him after completion of investigation on the case.
While the culprit was currently being interrogated, he was made to sign the seizure and undertaking forms, stating that he would not carry out such business practices again.