by Oluwasaye Rachael
The Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency (LASCOPA) has closed a supermarket known as Big Boss, over the sales of expired products to unsuspicious residents of the state.
The Public Affairs Officer, LASCOPA, Mr. Segun Ogunleye disclosed that the General Manager of the agency, Kemi Olugbode, during the operation said the supermarket located on Ogunlana Drive, Surulere, Lagos Mainland, was sealed for continuous display and sales of expired products that were no longer fit for human consumption.
He added that the supermarket contradicted the Lagos State Consumer Protection Law of 2014. According to his statement, Section A of the Consumer Protection Law of 2014 gives the agency the power to protect consumers from the marketing of goods and services that are hazardous to life.
“This exercise is to serve as a warning to other supermarkets, stores and sales outlets that are in the habit of trampling on the rights of consumers, some of whom are often ignorant or fail to check the expiry date of products that they want to buy. The era where manufacturers or sellers of products trample on the rights of consumers with impunity is over as the state government is out to safeguard the interest of consumers in the state,” the statement added.
He later concluded in his statement that the agency in conjunction with the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Council (FCCPC) will ensure the adequate protection of Lagosians and prosecute erring sales outlets.