The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has arrested a Lebanese who is behind the importation of fake tobacco products into the country.
The Council’s surveillance and enforcement operation was carried out in Sharada Industrial Area, Phase I, Kano, where several cartons of Kings, Capital and Esse Menthol cigarette products found to be sub-standard and hazardous were confiscated.
A statement released by the commission’s Deputy Director of Public Relations, Abiodun Obimuyiwa, said fake tobacco product worth N10million were confiscated from his warehouse.
He said, “The Lebanese, names withheld was said to have initially attempted to obstruct the enforcement operation of the council, claiming that he was a legitimate businessman that has not constituted any economic sabotage to the country or the people.
“However, after the initial confusion created by the Lebanese, reason and full weight of the council’s law prevailed, prompting him and his subordinates to surrender for the operation and thorough search to be conducted on the warehouse.
“In the course of the search, it was discovered that all the products in the warehouse were without manufacturing and expiration dates, while some had no proper health warning inscribed on them in line with international standards and best practice.
“Following the discovery, the culprit was immediately arrested and taken to the Bompai Police Station for the council to incident the case with a view to prosecuting him after completion of investigation on the case,” the statement said.