NAFDAC Uncovers Illegal Distilleries In Akwa Ibom

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The National Agency for Food and  Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has uncovered an illegal factory in Akwa Ibom State that produces and circulates fake alcoholic beverages.
NAFDAC’s Director General, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, in a statement  at the weekend in Abuja,  said that the factory was discovered at Afaha Obong in Abak Local Government Area.
Adeyeye disclosed that the factory, located in that remote community had been falsifying and circulating various brands of alcoholic beverages for several years unhindered until stakeholders lodged a report at NAFDAC.
“NAFDAC has uncovered an illegal factory which specialises in falsifying and circulating fake alcoholic beverages at Afaha Obong, Abak LGA  of Akwa Ibom.
“We gathered that the factory had existed in the remote village for years, producing fake alcoholic beverages of local and foreign brands unhindered.
“Agents of Diego Nigeria Limited, distributors of Hennessy, Black Label and Baileys lodged a consumer’s complaints and that led to the discovery of the factory,’’ she said.
Adeyeye said NAFDAC team was able to penetrate the area due to the security back up by the Nigeria Police Force.
She said that evidences of the falsification of different brands were discovered at the location, adding that, though the proprietor of the factory escaped, his wife was arrested.
According to the DG, thousands of empty bottles of different brands of alcoholic beverages, labels, empty cartons of drinks, cocks and already finished products were found in the premises.
“The kingpin,  Mr Peter Etokakpan was not found during the raid but his wife , Mrs. Uyime Etokakpan, who is also a partner in the illegal business was arrested.
She added that NAFDAC officials could not enter the production room due to the heavy metal barricade and threat of violence created by the arrested woman.