NAFDAC arrests 10 suspects, destroys N750m beverages 

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has arrested 10 suspects with N750 million worth of fake substances used in the production of beverages, including wines, soft drinks and consumables at Eziukwu Market in Aba, Abia state.

Director General of the agency, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, disclosed this during a media parley in Lagos. 

She said the arrest followed a tip off carried out several weeks of intelligence gathering and collation of data on the activities of the merchants of death, in collaboration with other security agencies, which busted a large haul of fake wine, soft drinks and other consumables. 

 “It is worthy of note that this dastardly activity has been going on for a long time and they operate like a cartel threatening anyone who dares challenge them. Some of the nefarious activities of the counterfeiters include the manufacturing of all kinds of products, a wide variety of brands ranging from Seaman; Schnapps; Henessy; Four Cousins; Carlo Rossi; Jenney; Chelsea London Dry Gin; Schnapp Dry Gin, McDowells; Black; Labels, Gordons; Martell; Campari; Smirnoff ice; Eva; Evra; Cartel, as well as  others,” she said. 

She further stated that there is also date revalidation for expired products like peak milk, powdered milk, ketchups, yoghurt, Coca Cola products, packaging of fake and substandard products, which are later sold to unsuspecting members of the public for consumption.

 “The adulteration of alcoholic beverages by criminal elements in the country is done by mixing cheaper sources of sugar and starch besides grapes or fruit, among other harmful chemicals unsuitable for human consumption.

 “Over 1500 cartons of the fake and substandard products were destroyed during the operation while 300 cartons were evacuated to NAFDAC warehouse with street value of the confiscated and destroyed fake products estimated at over seven hundred and fifty million naira only.

“Ten people were arrested on arrival at the scene of the crime and will be charged to court after thorough investigation,” she explained