Traders in Onitsha, the commercial hub of the state has risen in defence of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria’s (SON) efforts in ridding the market in the state of fake products while describing the recent protests and attack on the organisation in the state as misleading and unwarranted.
The traders, who spoke under the aegis of Anambra Traders Forum (ATF) at a press conference in Onitsha, said all allegations against SON and their war against sub-standard and fake products are false and baseless and attempt to malign the reputation of the organisation.
The chairman of the forum, Chief Daniel Okeke, who was flanked by other officers of the forum noted that some people led by one Benjamin Uzochukwu Nwizu organised a protest against SON which carted away some of the pirated BIC shaving sticks from the warehouse of Bendusco International LTD which he is the managing Director.
During the protest, Mr. Nwizu, according to him, alleged that the Director General of SON, Mr. Joseph Odumodu raided his company’s office, carting away goods and demanding the sum of N20 million from him, stressing that his forum had after a painstaking investigation found the allegation to be false, adding that SON was right in seizing the B.I.C. shaving stick products because they were pirated.
He said that Bendusco International Ltd., they found was actually pirating the products of Lagos based Nigerian Ball Point Pen Industry Limited, who are the original manufactures of the B.I.C. shaving sticks. Bendusco International Ltd, he said has his fake manufacturing outfits in Owerri road in Onitsha and Nsugbe in Anambra East Council Area of the State respectively.
– Raymond Ozoji , Awka