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NAFDAC Shuts Down Cemetery Market in Aba


In a major operation, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has apprehended ten suspects and shut down the Aba Cemetery market, Abia State, for their involvement in the large-scale production of adulterated beverages.

The agency, led by Martins Iluyomade, the Director of the South-East Zone of NAFDAC, revealed that the suspects had converted over 240 shops in the Cemetery Market into production centers for fake consumables.
Iluyomade likened the situation to a grave threat, stating, “What’s happening here at the Cemetery Market, Aba is worse than Boko Haram.”
The suspects were found to be manufacturing various products, including wines, expensive drinks, and even tampering with expiration dates. The agency, with the cooperation of the state government, discovered the extent of the illegal activities and called for the temporary shutdown of Cemetery Market for proper sanitization.
Cemetery market
During the raid, Iluyomade emphasized the severity of the situation, stating, “Four trailers cannot carry the fake products we moved out from here.” He urged authorities to temporarily close the market for sanitization, highlighting the health risks posed by the widespread production of counterfeit goods.
In response to the discovery, the Coalition of South-East Youth Leaders condemned the act, urging the National Assembly to consider capital punishment for those involved in producing and selling adulterated products. The leader of COSEYL, Goodluck Ibem, called on the Abia State Governor to collaborate with NAFDAC to sanitize the market and eliminate bad actors.
The Civil Liberties Organisation in Aba characterized the situation as a form of terrorism, urging NAFDAC and law enforcement agencies to take stringent action against the perpetrators. Dr. Charles Chinekezi, the Chairman of the CLO in Aba, emphasized the need for a change in the agency’s attitude to effectively combat the production and distribution of fake, substandard, and expired products.
The call for decisive action against the suspects reflects a growing concern for public health and safety, emphasizing the importance of stricter measures to eradicate the production of counterfeit goods in the market.
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