The Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency LASCOPA is shouldered with the objective to uphold consumers’ rights and also to protect consumers from various commodities that pose a threat to their life.
The Big Boss Supermarket situated at 11 Ogunlana Drive, Surulere Lagos was shut down by officials of the agency for alleged sales of expired products.
The Supermarket sells a diverse range of products ranging from health products, drinks, groceries, dairy products, cereals, and grains, etc.
Reports from the agency stated that the management of the supermarket has been selling and displaying products that were expired to its consumers unknowing to them which is against the 2014 Law of the Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency.
This action took place on the 29th of November 2019.
The Lagos state consumer court headed by the Chief magistrate Mrs. Dani- Oni issued the order for the closure of Big Boss Supermarket with Suit No. (MSC/154/19).
According to LASCOPA, section 4(a) of its constitution empowers the agency to oversee and protect consumers from all sorts of dangerous product consumption.
Although the agency did not just swing into action immediately, it said it has sent its representatives previously to warn the management of Big Boss Supermarket to desist from such act and the supermarket was issued a compliance notice.
But on a second visit, it was still observed that the supermarket still displays expired products on its shelf and store.
This now necessitated the need for the agency to shut down the store in line with section 4 of the Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency Law.
In an official statement by LASCOPA, the agency clearly stated that it is fully committed to bringing about safety to consumers from every form of unhealthy products.
It also pleaded with marketers and producers of these products to keep the interest of its consumers first at heart before money.