At least, 500,000 tins of fake Kiwi polish worth about N80m were, on Thursday, destroyed by burning in Awka, the Anambra State capital, following an order of a Federal High Court presided over by Justice I. B. Gafai.
The court had granted Anton Piller order to ASCO Investment Limited, the Nigerian representative of SC Johnson, makers of Kiwi polish, to search premises and markets to seize fake products without prior warning.
Speaking with newsmen at Agu Awka, where the fake products were set ablaze, the counsel for ASCO Investment, Tagbo Anieto, said the burnt products were worth N80m.
He added, “When the court granted ASCO Investment the Anton Piller order, the company went into the markets in Onitsha, especially the Main Market, and confiscated fake Kiwi products. About 500,000 tins of fake Kiwi polish worth about N80m were confiscated.
“We approached the court again and the court ordered that the fake products be destroyed by burning; that is why we are here today in company with the police, journalists and court bailiffs to execute the order of court.
The destruction was supervised by the police and some officials of SC Johnson, manufacturers of Kiwi polish.
The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ASCO Investment, Chief Sam Anyanwutaku, decried the high rate of fake products being peddled in Nigerian markets.