More than eight persons in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state were detained by the Consumers Protection Council for the sales of repackaged and substandard bags of rice worth millions of naira and over 1000 bags were confiscated.
This was disclosed by Babatunde Irukera, CPC Director General while speaking to the Journalists after a smart operation over the weekend. He also stated that the operation was based on intelligent findings by the council’s surveillance unit with the aim of ensuring consumer safety.
He also emphasized that the criminal would be prosecuted to serve as a warning to others. He also assured consumers that the exercise would be done more often to help get rid of substandard products and protect the health of consumers. He urged consumers to be very careful where they make purchases.
To confirm his participation in this despicable activity, one of the operatives of such shops Kanayo Jackson, in Etuk market, Udoma Street disclosed that they have been in the business since 2013. He also revealed that most rice traders in Akpan Andem and Itam Market in Uyo have also been in the business for long.
He claimed that security operatives have been coming to the shop before, but their boss usually paid them off.
At Rice City shop and warehouse, printed bags of banned imported rice like Mama Africa, Stallion and many others were seen but nobody could tell how the bags got there. At a warehouse along Esuene Street, expired bags of rice were seen when the CPC officials stormed the building.