THE Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) with the Divisional Police Headquarters, Ebute Ero, Lagos, have seized 504 cartons of substandard Bic brand shaving sticks.
In a statement issued on Monday in Abuja, by Mr Bola Fashina, the Special Adviser to SON’s Director-General, Mr Osita Aboloma, SON stated that the Police handed over the seized suspected substandard products to its representatives in Lagos.
SON officials had earlier evacuated 196 cartons of the suspected substandard shaving sticks from the Ebute Ero Market, bringing the total to 700 cartons worth more than N6.4 million.
The Divisional Crime Officer (DCO), Mr Bello Taofeek, who handed over the shaving sticks to SON, said they were seized from a truck waiting to be offloaded inside the Ebute Ero Market.
Taofeek said the seizure followed credible information provided by some patriotic Nigerians in response to the call by regulatory agencies for all hands to be on deck to ensure quality vanguard.
The DCO said that investigations were still ongoing to unravel those behind the consignments and the source.
SON, Coordinator of the Lagos State Office 1, Mrs Nwaoma Olujie, who received the product, thanked the Police for the collaboration.
According to Olujie, the collaboration continues to yield results as several suspected substandard products and those behind them have been impounded in the past.
She said SON was committed prosecuting those involed in the manufacture and sale of substandards products in accordance with the provisions of the Nigerian Criminal Code.
“Samples of the suspected substandard shaving sticks, according to her will be sent to the laboratory for quality verification tests and analysis as part of the investigation,” she said.
Olujie decried the activities of fakers of certified popular brands which impact on genuine businesses, health and safety of consumers.
While admonishing dealers to avoid counterfeit products, she advised owners of popular brands not to relent in protecting their brand.