SON ar­rests ex­pa­tri­ates chang­ing prod­ucts ex­piry dates

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Fran­cis Arinze Iloani

The Stan­dard Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Nige­ria (SON) En­force­ment Team has ar­rested two Pak­istani Na­tion­als and im­porters of consumables for chang­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing and ex­piry dates of al­ready ex­pired im­ported Fruit Juice in Lagos.

A state­ment from the or­gan­i­sa­tion stated that the car­tel al­legedly brought in the con­sign­ments un­der false dec­la­ra­tion as dif­fer­ent prod­ucts to de­ceive reg­u­la­tory agen­cies and short­change the gov­ern­ment.

The state­ment in­di­cated that the ex­pa­tri­ates, Muhammed Ali and Naveed Akhtar, have been handed over to the Force Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and In­tel­li­gence Depart­ment of the Nige­ria Po­lice, Ikoyi.

SON re­vealed that items found in the Ware­house in­cluded ex­pired im­ported Nes­fruta Juice in dif­fer­ent flavours, la­bels that were be­ing used to change the dates, un­la­belled bas­mati rice and some other consumables like bot­tled and plas­tic-pack­aged soft drinks.

The SON’s As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor of Com­pli­ance, Mathias Makwe, who spoke on be­half of the SON’s Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Osita Aboloma, com­mended the in­for­mant and urged Nige­ri­ans to join the qual­ity van­guard by pro­vid­ing use­ful in­for­ma­tion to reg­u­la­tory and se­cu­rity agen­cies for prompt ac­tion.

Mean­while, Akhtar said the ex­pired consumables were meant for his per­sonal con­sump­tion and that the fal­si­fied ex­piry date la­bels was to ease trans­porta­tion of the prod­ucts to his home in Ikeja. He fur­ther said the prod­ucts got ex­pired due to de­lays by the Nige­ria Ports Au­thor­ity.

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