National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in collaboration with Spyglass Security Limited NAFDAC says it has uncovered another fake alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage factory in Akwa Ibom State.
A statement issued by the Public Relations Officer NAFDAC, South-South Zone Cyril Monye in port Harcourt said the factory which is located at number 8, Akukwot Street, Eket, in Eket local government area of Akwa Ibom state, is a sprawling residential building with several rooms and occupied by different tenants who are all involved in the illicit business.
The statement said Akwa Ibom State Coordinator Mr. Collins Ogedegbe said that the raid was sequel to consumer complaint made by Spyglass Security Ltd. “The State office received consumer complaint by Spyglass Security Limited of the existence of two manufacturing outlets in Eket senatorial district which specializes in faking and adulteration of a range of NAFDAC registered alcoholic products,” he stated.
He stated further that NAFDAC officers and Spyglass Security Ltd operatives with security back up from men of the Nigerian Police Force subsequently stormed Eket where they discovered a thriving illicit business that specializes in production of various brands of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
“The building which is a residential apartment with up to ten rooms and occupied by people all have empty washed and unwashed bottles of different drink brands,” adding that packaging materials, labels, wooden and rubber cocks, caps, strings, sales book complimentary glass cups and seven thousand five hundred naira (N7,500.00) cash were found in the building.
Labels and cartons/packaging materials found in the illegal outfit include: St-Remy, Lord’s London Dry Gin, Seagrams Blended Whisky, Royal Challenge Whisky, Royalty Non Alcoholic Sparkling Celebration Drink, Seaman’s Schnapps, Chelsea London dry gin, Henessey, Campari, Glenfiddich, Remy Martins, Brave Heart Premium Quality Rum, MG Dry Gin, Mc Dowell, Centenario, Pure Heaven etc.
Other items discovered in the building includes: ethanol, colourant (chocolate brown food colour); Flavour agents – (condensed milk flavours, rum flavours) and other flavoring extract.
Six persons were arrested during the raid; four men and two women between the ages of 30 to 55 years. They are being kept in Police Headquarters in Uyo while further investigations continues.
The Akwa Ibom State Coordinator, Collins Ogedegbe said that “hard time awaits criminals who want to use the state as a safe haven for adulterating and faking NAFDAC regulated products.” He called on the public to help the agency in safe guarding the life of Nigerians by always reporting such illicit activities to the agency for appropriate action.
The labels, corks, strings, caps packaging materials, colorants, flavours, sales book, ethanol and cash were evacuated to NAFDAC office in Uyo.
Ogedegbe said that NAFDAC has sealed off the building and will evacuate all the empty bottles and any other item that is related to the illegal production.
It will be recalled that a similar raid in May last year at Afaha Obong in Abak LGA of Akwa Ibom State led to the smashing of a gigantic illegal and fake alcoholic beverage factory that specialized in production of adulterated and fake local and foreign alcoholic beverages.