How could anybody risk N80m worth of investment just to produce fake and imitation? The law caught up with guorila investors in Awka, Anambra state and huge loss is the outcome. Would it not have been better to carefully produce original version and be proud of it and make grow gradually like Innoson Motors?
Six truck loads of fake Kiwi polish worth about N80 million were on Thursday destroyed in Awka, following an order of Federal High Court.
The Court, presided by Justice I. B. Gafai had giving judgement ordering destruction of the fake kiwi polish.
The court in a ruling had also granted ASCO Investment Limited, Nigerian representative of SC Johnson, makers of Kiwi polish to search premises and markets to seize fake kiwi products without prior warning.
As a result, about 500,000 tins of Kiwi polish were confiscated in various markets in Onitsha and environs.
Addressing newsmen during the destruction of the goods, counsel to the company, Tagbo Anieto, said the fake products were worth of N80m.
“When the court granted ASCO Investment the Anton Piller the order, the company went into markets in Onitsha, especially the Main Market, and confiscated fake Kiwi products.
About 500,000 tins of fake Kiwi polish worth some N80m were destroyed.
” We approached the court again and the court this time ordered that the fake products be destroyed by burning; that is why we are with the police, civil defence, journalists, court bailiffs to execute the order of the court.
Anieto said the criminal aspect of the matter was still pending against the suspects, who he said comprised a company and several petty traders.
The destruction was supervised by the police and some officials of SC Johnson, manufacturers of Kiwi polish.
Also speaking the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ASCO Investment, Chief Sam Anyanwutaku decried the rate of fake products being peddled in Nigerian markets.
He commended the Federal Government for setting up regulatory bodies such as the Standards Organisation of Nigeria and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, saying without such organs the situation would have been worse.
He added that: “The public execution of the court judgment is to make sure that consumers buy only original products while warning to those who deal in fake products to desist from doing so.”
While calling other manufacturers to join in the fight against fakers of their products, Anyanwutaku said in the next two years, the system would be sanitised.