Woman Arrested For Criticising Tomato Paste, FCCPC Summons Company

While the company had reportedly denied the woman's claim and dismissed it as untrue, the FCCPC, said "summons are being issued" to the firm.

In this file photo, a police officer hold bunch of handcuffs at SARS headqurters in Abuja on October 3rd, 2020 PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV


Police authorities in Abuja have arrested one Chioma Okoli for criticising a tomato paste that she claimed was sugary.

About two weeks ago, the woman, whose Facebook name is Chioma Egodi Jnr, claimed she had gone to the market to get her favourite tomato paste. But when she could not get it, she resorted to another one.

The woman, however, claimed that upon opening the paste, it tasted sugary. She, however, asked her social media friends to confirm if they had used the product.

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Days later, the Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) Babatunde Iruka confirmed that the lady had been arrested over the comment.

“UPDATE: @fccpcnigeria operatives have confirmed the arrest & transfer of the case to Abuja by the Police Force,” the FCCPC boss wrote on his X account Monday.

“She was no longer at the station on arrival. Working to determine the exact current location & engaging Force HQ in Abuja.”

While the company had denied the woman’s claim and dismissed it as untrue, the FCCPC, said “summons are being issued” to the firm.