CPC Impersonators Caught in Abuja

by ThisDay Live

Three persons are in police net in Abuja for impersonating officers of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) in the execution of the Council’s Products and Services Listing Programme (PROSERVE), currently being reviewed for better performance.

The council said in a statement that it had received a report of the activities of some persons, fraudulently parading themselves as its officers to extort money on the pretext of executing the Council’s Proserve programme in Mpape area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Based on the information, the Council, with the assistance of the Police in the area, was able to apprehend the three persons, allegedly working for one of the former accredited agencies for the programme, which had been stopped following the on-going review of the programme.

The arrested impersonators are currently being interrogated by the Police in the area and may soon be prosecuted in accordance with relevant laws of the country.
CPC had last month issued a public notice, notifying the general public that “it is embarking on a review of the processes and modalities of its Products and Services Listing Programme under the Consumer Protection (Products and Services Monitoring and Registration) Regulations 2005, carried under the acronym, Proserve”.

The Public Notice also pointed that “all agents appointed under this programme have been directed to immediately stop further listing of any products and services”, assuring that “already listed products and services are not affected by this review”.

The Council added in the Public Notice that “new modalities for the implementation of Proserve will be communicated to the general public in due course”.

Meanwhile the Council has advised members of the public to alert it or the nearest police station of the activities of such impostors, who may be found around their areas attempting to extort on the pretext of executing the proserve programme, which is still being reviewed.

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