‘Fake’ Alcohol Dealers Stone NAFDAC, Police Officials
They were chased back midway into the raid by traders who threw stones at them.
The NAFDAC personnel had gone to raid the notorious Zone 15 housing where alleged producers of adulterated alcoholic drinks have their store houses.
While the government officials were struggling to take out cartons of confiscated fake drinks, the traders threw stones which landed on one of them, dislocating his left shoulder disc.
A police officer, who helped to clear the road which the traders blocked, was also stoned in the head resulting in a sizeable swelling of the spot at the centre of his head.
The traders also broke the windshield of a new official van which the NAFDAC officials used for the raid.
After the attack on his men and the police, the Chief Regulatory Officer of NAFDAC, Abia Office, Olisa Okeke, explained that the operation was necessitated by a complaint from a company producing alcoholic drinks that its products were being adulterated.
The officials of NAFDAC had forced open over 15 shops and destroyed assorted bottled drinks, chemicals and empty bottles used by the offenders before they were attacked.
Over 30 cartons of assorted fake drinks, a bag of powdery chemical substance and some glass cups were confiscated from the dealers.
NAFDAC wants the state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, and all people of goodwill to partner with NAFDAC to force the fake dealers out of the market.
Okeke said that he would write a special report to the acting Director-General of NAFDAC to seek appropriate action which might include closing down the market.
He said that all the packaged products confiscated during the raid, including the ones destroyed, were worth about 15 million Naira.