FG seals Sahad supermarket over alleged customer extortion, hoarding 

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has sealed off the head office of Sahad Supermarket/Stores over customer extortion and a lack of transparency in prices.

Acting executive vice chairman of FCCPC, Dr Adamu Abdullahi, said the act was an obnoxious practice that amounted to a violation of rights under the FCCP Act.

He said the practice contravened Section 155(3) of the FCCPA, and the fine amounted to N100 million or more.

”What we have found out that they are doing is misleading pricing and lack of transparency in their pricing, which is against Section 155(3) of the FCCP Act.

”It is an obnoxious practice and amounts to a violation of rights under the FCCPA.

“Section 155 of the FCCPA states that any corporate person that contravenes this law is liable to a fine of N100 million or even more.

”We found out that they are contravening this law and made sure that we came to tell them that our mandate is very clear.

“What we have come here today to do is make sure that they comply with the law.

“We called them to defend themselves, but Sahad failed to show up, and in the long run, they sent a lawyer, and the lawyer is not familiar with the case, but we requested the names of people that we wanted to come and defend them.

“Those people refused to come, and these are the people in charge of retail, fixing prices on the computer system and shelves.

“We do not have a choice but to seal off the premises until they comply with the provisions of the law,” Abdullahi said.

He said that the Commission would continue to protect the citizens in line with President Bola Tinubu’s agenda.

The acting executive vice chairman said the Commission would continue to monitor the supermarket to make sure they complied with the law.

Mrs Boladale Adeyinka, the Director Surveillance and Investigations Department of FCCPC, said that price tags on products on the shelves of the supermarket were different from prices at the pay point computers.

Adeyinka said that even the same products and brand had different prices.

“The same product, same brand, has different prices. One is N5, 000 while another is N6, 000.

“Imagine if you buy 10 pairs, that means you have been shortchanged by N10, 000.

“In this period, we want people to have maximum value for their money,” she said.

Mr Salisu Zango, an official of Sahad Supermarket, admitted that the store had engaged in the practice but had since made amends.

“We have corrected it,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the supermarket premises was sealed off to avoid customer access. (NAN)