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Counterfeit alcoholic beverages: NAFDAC seals 100 shops, suspects apprehended in Enugu

Following the successful raid and arrest, Pharm Martins Iluyomade, Director of NAFDAC's South-East Zone, announced on Monday that the detained suspects will face legal action once the ongoing investigation is complete.

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The National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has shut down about 100 shops in the Ogbete area of Main Market in Enugu, Enugu State, for selling counterfeit alcoholic beverages.

Summarily, the agency has withdrawn the fake alcoholic drinks from circulation.

The agency also seized a truckload of adulterated goods and apprehended four suspected traders, who are now in custody, as part of a comprehensive crackdown on illegal activities in the market.

Following the successful raid and arrest, Pharm Martins Iluyomade, Director of NAFDAC’s South-East Zone, announced on Monday that the detained suspects will face legal action once the ongoing investigation is complete.

He said that the operation aligns with NAFDAC’s commitment to protecting public health and eradicating harmful, substandard, and counterfeit products from the South-East region.

He said: “We stormed the popular Ogbete Main Market, Enugu, in Enugu State, since Friday and have shut down 100 shops that have been identified for selling fake alcoholic beverages.

“Arrests were made, and the suspects are currently in custody. Fake wine and alcoholic beverages are being sold to unsuspected customers and the general public, but we are determined to rid the market of these unwholesome products.”

Iluyomade acknowledged that the successful operation was made possible through a collaborative effort with the police, the Department of State Services (DSS), and the Nigerian Army, who provided personnel support to ensure a well-coordinated and effective raid.

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