BREAKING: Coronavirus scare in Abuja as FG shuts down supermarket


* But no case of Coronavirus has been established in Nigeria

By Gladys Nweke

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has shut down Panda Supermarket, Jabi ‘in caution considering Coronavirus’.

Coronavirus, a virus similar to the SARS pathogen, has claimed 132 lives since emerging in a market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, and spread around the world.
Since no case of Coronavirus has been established in Nigeria, and the

Panda supermarket is one of the retail shops in Abuja, selling products like wines, pastries, baby products, drinks, seafood’s among others.

Panda Supermarket in Jabi District is in the Phase 2 development plan of Abuja, the Federal capital city of Nigeria. It is mainly a residential area.

Jabi District is adjacent to Utako District. Jabi is about 13 minutes’ drive from the Central business district and about 30 minutes from the Abuja airport.

The FCCPC is the apex consumer protection agency in Nigeria. The commission noted that it discovered Sea foods and animals imported illegally from China in the store. It also added that it discovered products with expired and irregular shelf life.

FCCPC inspected the centre on credible reports that it discriminated & had a concealed area for Asian nationals. Allegation confirmed that Sea foods & animals imported illegally from China were discovered. Store was allegedly closed in abundance of caution considering Coronavirus.