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The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, FCCPC, in Abia says it has sponsored a bill in the state House of Assembly to enable it to prosecute fakers of products at the Mobile Court.

The state Chairman of the commission, Nnabugwu Chidi, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Aba on Tuesday.

Chidi said the bill became necessary because delays in prosecuting cases in normal courts was giving room for suspects to manipulate the security personnel and escape before trial.

According to him, the fakers will be prosecuted at the scene of their crimes, when arrested.

He said the occasional escape of some fakers after arrest, having encouraged and grown the crime of product adulteration and faking in Abia, posed great risk to people’s lives.

He said that the commission was also seeking to add more bills to enable the government to take over buildings where fakers commit their crimes to discourage the phenomenon.

Chidi was hopeful that achieving the feat would not be hard with the assistance of the Attorney General of the state, who is a member of the commission’s Council.

He said that if fakers could fake an alcoholic drink sold for N100,000, which took the commission time to discover it was faked, anybody could become a victim.

He therefore urged Aba residents and Nigerians in general to volunteer information on fakers to security agencies in order to reduce the risk posed to unsuspecting consumers.

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