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The Federal Government, through the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), has taken action by sealing off the head office of Sahad Supermarket/Stores.

FCCPC said that the action comes in response to reported cases of customer extortion and lack of transparency in pricing practices at the supermarket.

The enforcement team, led by FCCPC Acting Executive Vice Chairman Adamu Ahmed Abdullahi, conducted the operation at the Sahad Supermarket/Stores head office.

While briefing journalists after sealing the store, Abdullahi said the practice contravened Section 155 (3) of the FCCPA and the fine amounted to N100 million or more.

He said: “What we have found out that these people are doing is misleading pricing and lack of transparency in the pricing, which is against Section 115 (3) of the law that says a consumer is not required to pay a price for any good or service higher than the one that’s on display.

“Section 155 states that any corporate person that contravenes is liable to a fine of 100 million naira or even more and the directors of the company themselves are liable upon conviction payment of 10 million naira each or imprisonment of six months or both.

“What we have done today is to make sure that they comply with the law. We initially called them to come and defend themselves but failed to show up. In the long run, they sent a lawyer whom we asked if he was familiar with the facts of the case. He said he wasn’t.

“To unseal the store, they have to make sure that they do what is required to be done.”

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