Nigerian Police Apprehend Abuja Trader for Deceptive Repackaging of Local Rice as Foreign

Bags of rice

In a recent development, the Nigerian police have arrested a 39-year-old trader, Nonso Nwobodo, for engaging in the deceptive practice of repackaging local rice into bags labeled as foreign rice. The incident took place on Saturday around 4:15 pm at Plot 740, Centenary Credentials, Durumi area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

According to sources, Nonso Nwobodo was allegedly repackaging locally produced rice into bags designed to resemble foreign rice packaging. This deceitful tactic aimed to mislead consumers into believing they were purchasing imported rice instead of locally sourced grains, thereby allowing the trader to inflate profits.

During the operation, law enforcement officials recovered a total of 160 bags of rice of various sizes, ranging from 5kg to 50kg, which had already been repackaged to mimic foreign rice packaging. Additionally, authorities seized 53 empty bags that had been used for the deceptive repackaging process.

Furthermore, 590 new empty bags designed to resemble foreign rice packaging were discovered at the scene, awaiting filling with rice. The police have confiscated all the rice and related materials involved in the illicit activity.

Efforts to reach Josephine Adeh, the FCT police spokesperson, for further details on the incident were unsuccessful as she did not respond to calls or messages.

This arrest underscores the commitment of law enforcement agencies to combat fraudulent practices in the market and protect consumers from deceptive tactics employed by unscrupulous traders. Such actions serve as a deterrent to individuals who seek to undermine the integrity of the market and exploit unsuspecting consumers for personal gain.

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