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NAFDAC Shuts Down 100 Shops in Enugu for Selling Fake Alcoholic Beverages

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has closed around 100 shops in Ogbete, Main Market, Enugu, due to allegations of selling counterfeit alcoholic beverages. During the operation, the agency also seized a truckload of fake products and arrested four traders suspected of involvement.

Pharm Martins Iluyomade, NAFDAC’s Director for the South-East Zone, stated on Monday that the suspects are currently in custody and will be charged in court following an ongoing investigation.

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Iluyomade emphasized that this raid aligns with NAFDAC’s mission to protect public health by eliminating substandard, fake, and adulterated products from the market.

"We raided the popular Ogbete Main Market in Enugu, Enugu State, since Friday and shut down 100 shops identified for selling fake alcoholic beverages," Iluyomade said. "Arrests were made, and the suspects are now in custody."

He highlighted that these counterfeit alcoholic beverages were being sold to unsuspecting customers, posing significant health risks. NAFDAC is committed to purging the market of these harmful products.

Iluyomade also noted that this operation was a coordinated effort involving the Police, the Department of State Services (DSS), and the Nigerian Army, all of whom provided personnel to support the raid.

The collaboration between NAFDAC and these security agencies ensured the success of the operation, underscoring the importance of a unified approach in tackling the sale of fake and harmful products.

By shutting down these shops and removing counterfeit beverages from circulation, NAFDAC aims to safeguard the health of the public and maintain the integrity of the market. The agency's actions demonstrate a firm stance against the distribution of fake and substandard products, emphasizing their commitment to public safety.

This operation is part of NAFDAC's broader efforts to ensure that only safe and genuine products are available to consumers. The agency continues to work tirelessly to identify and shut down sources of counterfeit products, ensuring the public has access to safe, high-quality goods.

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