David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka
Officials of the National Agency for Food Drug andAdministration and Control (NAFDAC) yesterday arrested three persons in connection with the sale of fake cosmetic products, including Ozone hair relaxer.
The officials stormed the popular Ochanja Market in company of security operatives, where they raided a shop in the market, which they claimed was reported as the source of the suspected fake cosmetic products and arrested three persons.
According to the leader of the NAFDAC group, Uche Chidi, who is a Chief Regulatory Enforcement Officer, their action followed an intelligence reports after a similar raid in Naka, Benue State, where a suspect was arrested and confessed he sourced the illicit product in Onitsha.
Uche maintained that their primary mission was to get to the source of the faking of the particular product whether the suspects were producing or Importing it and punish those behind it.
Meanwhile, a consultant to the owners of the brand being faked who pleaded anonymity said that any product seen to be in high demand in the market is usually a target of fakers
He regretted the penchant of people to ride on the back of established names to claim what they do not produce.