Twenty Six suspects allegedly adulterating palm oil have been arrested and handed over to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Gombe Zonal Office.
The Head of Operations, Gombe State, Mr. Michael Wetkas reportedly said that the suspects were apprehended at Gombe Main Market after due surveillance report was received which prompted the commission to carry out an investigation in that regard.
Mr. Wetkas reportedly said that 32 shops were closed down while the suspects and the substance seized have been handed over to NAFDAC for further investigation in line with its mandate.
Mr. Wetkas urged the general public to be alert and report all fraudulent acts to concerned authorities while warning those involve in similar act to desist from it.
Receiving the suspects, Mr. Laras Jatau, NAFDAC’s Assistant Chief Regulatory Officer, Gombe State Office, thanked the EFCC, adding that the agency’s collaboration with other security agencies had been yielding positive results.
Jatau reportedly expressed shock over the number of arrested suspects since a sensitization was carried out in the same market against adulterated palm oil not long ago.
“Those who go to the market to innocently purchase food to nourish their bodies will end up getting hazardous substance; this is a crime against humanity” Jatau reportedly said.
The agency admonished and sensitized the sellers and buyers on the need to report illegal activities that posed health risk to Nigerians to relevant authorities.