The Federal Consumer Protection and Competition Commission (FCCPC) has closed down a store in Jabi, Abuja after getting information that the store has a special area for Asian nationals.
The Director General of the Commission, Babatunde Irukera led a team of officials of the FCCPC to the supermarket named Panda, while noting that the visit is a proactive step by the government against possibilities of an infiltration of the Coronavirus into the country.
The commission during the visit impounded some of its products and locked it, asking for more information from people about other stores that may be a threat to public health.
“FCCPC inspected Panda Supermarket; Jabi on credible reports that it discriminated & had a concealed area for Asian nationals. Allegation confirmed, seafood & animals imported illegally from China discovered. Store closed in abundance of caution considering Coronavirus.
“Products with expired and irregular shelf life were also discovered at Panda Supermarket, Jabi, Abuja on Tuesday.
”Regulatory activities to remove all offensive products from the Supermarket continues,” the commission said in a twitter post monitored by BusinessDay.
The Wuhan Coronavirus is a deadly viral disease which has reportedly killed over 100 people. It has its roots in China, an Asian giant with many of its nationals in Nigeria.