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FCCPC shuts Abuja Chinese store over Nigerian shoppers’ ban

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The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has sealed the Abuja-based Chinese supermarket located within the China General Chamber of Commerce in Abuja.

The development followed allegations of discriminatory practices against Nigerians.

The FCCPC officials shut the supermarket when they stormed the premises on Monday.

The commission’s officials sealed up the place after interrogating Nigerian workers at the supermarket.

Reacting to the development, the Director of Surveillance and Investigation of FCCPC, Mrs. Boladale Adeyinka, who led the enforcement, stated that they are responding to a viral video allegedly showing Nigerian consumers being denied access to the supermarket.

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She explained that the purpose of their surveillance and investigation is to verify the allegations and the contents of the viral video.

“On arrival, we noticed that the supermarket, located right behind me, was sealed and padlocked externally. Inquiries have revealed that as of this morning, this supermarket was open and operational.

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“CCTV footage also indicates that at around 8:29 am on Monday, two vehicles departed from these premises allegedly containing the owner of the supermarket, whom we have identified as Cindy Liun Bien, and we have her contact details.

“Now, the summons, of course, since she’s not around and the place is locked, is to serve notice on her to appear before the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission by Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at 11 am.

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“There are other regulatory tools that can be deployed if she fails to attend to this summons,” she added.

She further explained that the summons means that entry into the premises would require approval, and anyone wishing to access it must first notify the commission.

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