An underground warehouse storing adulterated shoe polish estimated at N30m has been discovered in a market in Onitsha by the Anambra state police, Punch reports.
Adulterated Kiwi shoe polish
The development was made public by the state police commissioner, Garba Umar.
Umar stated that the discovery was made during a raid following a complaint lodged by the franchise owner for Kiwi polish.
According to Umar, the discovery was an eye-opener for the state police force, to the illegalities going on in the markets.
Noting that the fake products may have been brought in via the River Niger, Umar stated: “This has brought to the fore, the need for the Police to beef up its Marine arm and partner better with the Nigerian Navy to improve security on the waterways.”
Chief Sam Anyanwutaku, the owner of the real franchise lamented over the discovery, stating that frauds had caused huge damage to genuine businessmen.
However, Mr. Louis Onyeabo, the market chairman stated that the market was not complicit in the matter as its traders only sold clothes.
The police disclosed that the owner of the warehouse where the fake products were found in Marine Modern Market, one Mr. Ebube, is now on the run.
The products have been seized and taken to the police headquarters at Awka.
Meanwhile, it was previously reported that a factory where palm wine was being ‘manufactured’ was recently uncovered somewhere in Anambra state.
The fake factory where the adulterated drinks were being manufactured was reportedly uncovered in Umudioka village in Dunukofia local government area in Anambra state.
The suspect, a woman, was said to be adding ash, bags of sugar, and water amongst other things, to the ‘palm wine’.