The Federal Authorities has filed expenses towards 4 supermarkets and their proprietors in Abuja for alleged arbitrary hike of costs of sanitisers, handwash liquids, disinfectants, and different anti-bacterial hygiene merchandise.
Court docket paperwork made obtainable to Channels Tv by the Federal Competitors and Shopper Safety Council (FCCPC) named the 4 supermarkets, which additionally embody their pharmacies as H-Medix Pharmacy and Shops Restricted, Prince Ebeano Grocery store Restricted and its proprietor, David Ojei, and Bakan Gizo Pharmacy & Shops Nigeria Restricted.
The others are Ray Opia and Luter Irene and their representatives, Sandra Ejekwu and John Oluwagbemiga, in addition to Faxx Shops & Buying and selling Restricted and its consultant, Adogah Ahmed.
Within the assertion of declare filed earlier than the Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja, the FCCPC most popular a six-counts towards the 4 supermarkets and their house owners.
The fees towards them are for violating part 125 (1) (a) of the Federal Competitors and Shopper Safety Act, 2018, and punishable underneath part 155 of the Federal Competitors And Shopper Safety Act, 2018.
The 4 supermarkets had been additionally charged with supplying hand sanitisers and surgical disposable face masks of varied present manufacturers to shoppers at a worth that was manifestly unfair, unreasonable and unjust.
They had been additionally accused of disobeying with out lawful excuse, the lawful orders and directives of the FCCPC towards such practices.
The fee mentioned the allegations towards the accused had been found following complaints from shoppers via varied social media channels, in addition to visits to their supermarkets and pharmacies by representatives of its surveillance and enforcement workplace.
No date has been mounted for the listening to of the case.