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Lagos warns against sale of fake drinks

The Lagos State Government has cautioned entertainment centres within the state against sales and distribution of fake drinks.

Special Adviser to Govrnor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Idris Aregbe, gave the warning in a statement issued through his instagram page #idrisconnectingnigeria#.

Aregbe said this was in response to the rising concern on counterfeit drinks circulating in clubs and restaurants across the state.

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According to him, the prevalence of fake drinks poses a significant threat to public health and safety, prompting intensified and coordinated efforts by his office to eradicate these substandard products from circulation.

“We call upon all clubs, restaurants and public places where drinks are sold to exercise due diligence in ensuring they do not purchase or serve fake drinks to unsuspecting consumers,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Aregbe assured the public of a comprehensive effort to eliminate fake drinks from the markets.

He said the state would be collaborating with the Director, Investigation and Enforcement, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Ononiwu Ezeribe and the Lagos State Safety Commission led by Lanre Mojola.

He warned that any entertainment venue or gathering found serving or selling fake drinks will face immediate closure, with the suspension of their operating license.

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