In its continued efforts to rid the nation’s markets of fake and unwholesome products, officials of the Na­tional Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), on Tuesday, raided the Eziukwu Market in Aba, Abia State.

During the raid conducted by NAFDAC officials from Lagos, which lasted several hours, two traders who were alleged to be involved in the sale of fake “Instant cold water starch” product were arrested.
In addition to the arrests, the shops of the traders were sealed while hundreds of car­tons of the fake product worth several millions of naira were seized.

Speaking after the opera­tion, Uche Chidi Uzoma, Chief Regulatory Officer, Investiga­tion and Enforcement Direc­torate, NAFDAC, Lagos, who led the operation, said his office got information regarding the faking of the product, which was being manufactured by Cormart, Ilupeju in Lagos.
Uzoma said based on the strength of the information, the agency moved into action and raided Eziukwu Market.

He said during the raid, its officials found the stocks of the fake version of the product and on seeing such, they had to arrest the people that were in­volved for interrogation.
The Chief Regulatory Offi­cer also said as the arrests were made, his men had to evacuate the products from the various premises they went to and ac­tually shut down the premises.
According to him, “we seized about 100 cartons of the fake product and we are going to send them for laboratory analysis to confirm the status and from there, we take it on. Once the product is confirmed to be fake, those arrested are going to be prosecuted, of course, with the approval of the management.”

He said two people were arrested but that investigations were still ongoing as more ar­rests would be made in the course of investigation.

He said the agency had spread its dragnet to ensure that the fake product in other markets was confiscated.

Olawale Rasaq Omosanya, Territory Manager, South South/South East, Cormart Nig. Ltd., said the company came to know about the faking of its product in August 2014.

He said his company alerted some security agents who ar­rested some people who were retailing the fake products in Aba and upon interrogation, the arrested traders took the security personnel to Onitsha where the alleged importer was arrested.