COVID-19: FG to arraign owners of supermarkets, pharmacies over price hike
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COVID-19: FG to arraign owners of supermarkets, pharmacies over price hike

- The attention of the federal government has been drawn to some owners of supermarkets who inflate the prices of essential commodities

- Some of these items in high demand at this period of coronavirus are hand sanitisers and face masks

- The Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed Thursday, June 25, to arraign persons some of whom are H-Medix, Faxx Stores, Ebeano Supermarket and Bakan Gizo Ph'rmacy

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As Nigeria looks for the best ways to cushion the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, some commercial establishments seem to be taking undue advantage of the whole situation.

On its part, the federal government is not leaving any stone unturned to bring these organisations to book, especially those who increase the prices of essential items such as face masks and hand sanitisers, both of which are in high demand at this era of COVID-19.

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In light of this, the Nigerian government, through the Federal High Court in Abuja is set to arraign some owners of supermarkets and ph'rmacies for price hike of such commodities.

The businesses, H-Medix, Faxx Stores, Ebeano Supermarket and Bakan Gizo Ph'rmacy were prosecuted by Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Council (FCCPC).

Issues of jurisdiction and some relevant argument concerning the case which is presided over by Justice Nkonye Maha were resolved at the first sitting which took place on Tuesday, June 9.

Justice Maha has therefore fixed Thursday, June 25, for further hearing of the case against the defendants.

Meanwhile, reported that amid growing scare over coronavirus, Dino Melaye, a former senator representing Kogi West, had said that face masks and hand sanitisers were not the solutions but a remorseful return to the way of the Lord.

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Taking to his Twitter page on Thursday, March 19, the former Kogi federal lawmaker shared a text from the bible, precisely 2 Chronicles 7. 13 -15 where God said"If people turn away from evil, . . . I'll make their land prosperous again."

Melaye captioned the picture with "No it is not handed mask and sanitisers, it is (an emoji pointing down to the Bible verse)."

Nigerians had, however, replied the former senator, with a section of Twitter users making a counter-position against the former lawmaker's submission. A social media user, Desmond2, commented: "No is this. Isaiah 26:20 to 21: Go home, my people, and lock your doors! Hide yourselves for a little while until the LORD’s anger has passed."

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