By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKA-SIX persons suspected to be involved in the faking and adulteration of various types of products at the popular Cemetery market in the commercial city of Aba, Abia state were arrest at the weekend by officials of the Awkaâ€“based South East zonal office of the Consumer Protection Council and fake products estimated at N20 million were either destroyed or seized.
The zonal coordinator of the council, Mr. Tam Tamunokonbia, who displayed some of the seized items before newsmen in Awka, said that the suspects,Â including top officials of the union in the market would be charged to court soon.
Some of the fake products includes Chelsea dry gin, Schnapps, Baron de Val, Seaman dry gin, Peak milk, Milo, Custard powder, various brands of insecticides, Eva wine and water. The products seized from the market were conveyed to Awka in 15 trucks.
It was discovered that most of the labels for the fake products were printed in Asian countries.
The coordinator said that in spite of the fact that they were accompanied by a large number of police men, the fake product manufacturers engaged them in a fierce battle that involved the use of guns.
He however, said that the council would not be deterred in its efforts to rid the countryâ€™s markets of fake and adulterated products, adding that the enforcement operations would continue not only in Aba, but in other markets across the country.
According to him, those behind the manufacture of the products in the name of making money were unknowingly killing their brothers and sisters gradually, adding that most blood related diseases could be traced to these products consumed by the unsuspecting consumers over time.