FILE PHOTO: Some suspected hoodlums
Officials of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and mobile Policemen attached to its enforcement directorate have been attacked by traders and touts in Lagos and Ogun states.
This was contained in a statement signed by Mr Anslem Okonkwor, Public Relations Officer, Enforcement Operations of the agency, and made available to NAN on Sunday in Abuja.
It said that the attacked enforcement teams of the agency were on a nationwide raid for fake, unregistered, counterfeit and suspected contaminated vegetable oil in major markets and distribution channels in the states.
“When the traders and touts swooped on them, seized some of the products already evacuated by the teams and beat up one of the Agency’s staff identified as Miss Evelyn Chiemeke.
“The exercise which was almost successful turned rowdy when the members of the union at markets trooped out in their hundreds with the help of ‘area boys.
“Preventing the enforcement team from evacuating the offending “MOI Vegetable oil” and other products already seized from the markets.
“From Mile 12, to Ikorodu, Sango Otta, Alaba-arago in Ojo, Boundary market in Ajegunle, Suru Alaba and Oke-arin markets, there were attacks despite the presence of armed mobile policemen attached to the teams.
“At the Ikorodu market where four shops were sealed, 438 gallons of fake vegetable oil valued at N6,576,000, and two traders arrested, the officials narrowly escaped mob attack.
“The traders resorted to carrying all forms of weapons at the instigation of a market leader who admitted being the importer of the unregistered vegetable oil from Cotonou into Nigeria,” the statement said.
It said at Sango market in Ogun, where NAFDAC officials were also assaulted by the market union members, six shops were sealed and one of the staff of the Agency was roughly manhandled.
“At Alabarago Market in Ojo LGA where the …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper