Nigerian Govt Sues Supermarkets, Pharmacies Over Hike In Prices Of Sanitisers


The Federal Government has filed charges against four supermarkets and their proprietors in Abuja for alleged arbitrary hike of prices of sanitisers, handwash liquids, disinfectants, and other anti-bacterial hygiene products.

Court documents made available to Channels Television by the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Council (FCCPC) named the four supermarkets, which also include their pharmacies as H-Medix Pharmacy and Stores Limited, Prince Ebeano Supermarket Limited and its proprietor, David Ojei, and Bakan Gizo Pharmacy & Stores Nigeria Limited.

The others are Ray Opia and Luter Irene and their representatives, Sandra Ejekwu and John Oluwagbemiga, as well as Faxx Stores & Trading Limited and its representative, Adogah Ahmed.

In the statement of claim filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja, the FCCPC preferred a six-counts against the four supermarkets and their owners.

The charges against them are for violating section 125 (1) (a) of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Act, 2018, and punishable under section 155 of the Federal Competition And Consumer Protection Act, 2018.

The four supermarkets were also charged with supplying hand sanitisers and surgical disposable face masks of various existing brands to consumers at a price that was manifestly unfair, unreasonable and unjust.

They were also accused of disobeying without lawful excuse, the lawful orders and directives of the FCCPC against such practices.

The commission said the allegations against the accused were discovered following complaints from consumers through various social media channels, as well as visits to their supermarkets and pharmacies by representatives of its surveillance and enforcement office.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the case.

COVID-19: Imo Govt Asks Civil Servants To Work From Home, Procures Sanitisers

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma briefs journalists on the government’s preparedness for the COVID-19.


Imo State government has asked civil servants of 45 years and above to work from their homes as part of the measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the state.

Speaking on Tuesday in Owerri the state capital, Governor Hope Uzodinma directed that all night clubs, pubs and restaurants be closed down till further notice.

“As a continuation of our programmes to ensure that things are not getting out of hands, we have also decided to close all night clubs and restaurants.

“By tomorrow, civil servants above 45 years will be encouraged not to come to work because they are the most vulnerable group.

“Only people on essential services that are within this age brackets will be encouraged to come to work and we will also support them with programmes that will ensure that this disease or virus does not affect them,” he stated.

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According to Governor Uzodinma, the government has just procured over 1000 cartons of hand sanitizers to be distributed at Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government as well as local government offices.

The governor explained that the move is necessary to ensure that there is no outbreak of the coronavirus disease in the state.