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FCCPC summons Chinese supermarket owner over alleged discrimination

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has summoned the owner of a Chinese supermarket in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) over allegations of discrimination against Nigerians.

According to News Agency of Nigeria, the supermarket, situated at Royal Choice Estate in Lugbe, FCT, purportedly enforces a policy that permits only Chinese citizens to purchase groceries, prompting concerns among citizens.

When officials from the FCCPC visited the supermarket in response to a viral video highlighting the discriminatory policy, they found the premises locked and inaccessible.  Boladale Adeyinka, Director of Surveillance and Investigations at FCCPC, led the team and emphasized the importance of verifying the allegations portrayed in the viral video.

Upon investigation, it was revealed that the supermarket had been open earlier in the day, but CCTV footage indicated that the owner had left the premises shortly before the FCCPC’s arrival.

According to the FCCPC, failure to comply with the summons could result in regulatory action, including the sealing of the premises until compliance is achieved.

Sanusi Shuiabu, Estate Assistant Facilities Manager, clarified that the supermarket was established to cater to the grocery needs of Chinese residents and other tenants within the estate.

However, he asserted that there were no formal agreements restricting access to Chinese residents exclusively. Shuiabu identified the owner as Cindy, a tenant in the estate, but provided no further details regarding the discriminatory policy.