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Traders, Hoodlums Attack NAFDAC Officials in Lagos, Ogun

Posted: Sep 5, 2015 at 2:32 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Officials of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and mobile Police men attached to its enforcement directorate were manhandled at the weekend by traders and street urchins commonly known as Area Boys’.

The traders and the hoodlums teamed up to prevent the government officials from carrying out raids on outlets in markets across Lagos and Ogun states.

The police and the agency officials 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.

According to eyewitness, the exercise, which was almost successful, turned rowdy when the members of the union at the 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 pockets of attack on the officials despite the presence of armed mobile police men 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 as the traders resorted to carrying all forms of weapons for a free- for- all at the instigation of a market leader who later admitted being the importer of the unregistered vegetable oil from Cotonue into Nigeria.

At Sango market in Ogun State, where NAFDAC officials were also assaulted by the market Union members, six shops were sealed and one of the staff of the Agency was roundly manhandled.

At Alabarago Market in Ojo LGA where the team forced open a warehouse stock with fake products after the owners had absconded on the sight of NAFDAC’s official, one of the Mobile Police men attached to the team was attacked and almost lost his gun to the mob in the process.

Briefing journalists after the raids, at Boundary market in Ajegunle area of Lagos, NAFDAC’s Chief Regulatory Officer, Enforcement Operations, Mr. Joseph Folorunsho-Idowu, regretted that the exercise was marred by pockets of violence saying, “the Agency stormed the markets following intelligence reports over illegal importation and indiscriminate circulation of unregistered vegetable oil in the Nigerian markets.”