By Victor Ernest
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Wednesday apprehended a syndicate of four people suspected to be specialists in producing unwholesome bread in Akwa Ibom state.
Head of the agency in the state, Collins Ogedegbe, who led the inspection team, said the suspects were arrested at Ekpemiong Itak community in Ikono local Government.
He said the team worked with the Police to expose the syndicate, adding that cases of production of unwholesome bread with pirated products were rampant in the area.
”Although the prime suspect, simply identified as Emeka is on the run, no fewer than four persons were arrested when the Police stormed the factory at Ekpemiong Itak community,” he said.
Ogedegbe said NAFDAC officials sealed the facility, carted away hundreds of fake bread, including fake wrappers and labels of other quality bread in the area.
”We are going to check for the company’s name in our documents whether it has been registered; whether it conformed to the regulatory framework or not,” he added.
The Divisional Police Officer in-charge of Ikot Ekpene, A.S. Bello, who confirmed the incident, said the suspects would be arraigned in court after investigations.
He appealed to the civil society to complement the services of the Police in the task of riding the society of fraudsters and criminal elements.