FCCPC summons owner of Chinese supermarket rejecting Nigerian shoppers

Onwubuke Melvin
Onwubuke Melvin

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has demanded the presence of the owner of a Chinese supermarket in the Federal Capital Territory over allegations of discrimination against Nigerians.

This follows the alleged discrimination against Nigerians on Sunday in a video circulating on social media.

This was disclosed in a statement by the FCCPC via a post on its official X handle.

The Director of Surveillance and Investigations at FCCPC, Boladale Adeyinka led the team and stressed its imperative to verify the allegations portrayed in the viral video.

According to an FCCPC investigation, the acclaimed owner of the supermarket, a Chinese lady, Cindy Liu Bei, had reportedly fled on Monday before the arrival of FCCPC officials as shown in the CCTV footage.

Adeyinka said “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.

“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.

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

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

Meanwhile, the estate assistant Facilities Manager, Sanusi Shuabiu, noted that the supermarket is not open to the public like a typical store; rather, the majority of the items sold were Chinese groceries and were initially set up to cater to the needs of residents in the area.

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