Five arrested for selling illicit oil

An officer check some of the products seized by ACA on the Tuesday raid at Kariokor in Nairobi./COURTESY

Nairobi, KENYA: Is the oil you are using in your car safe?

Anti-Counterfeit Authority (ACA) on Tuesday arrested five suspects dealing in illicit oil and Lubricants in Nairobi’s Kariokor area, and seized counterfeit products worth three million shillings.

The authority recovered oil packaging paraphernalia including equipment and containers (bottles, drums and jerrycans).

The authority also managed to recover brand labels for Shell, Total Kenya and National Oil.

The suspects will be arraigned at Makadara Law Courts on Wednesday morning.

At the same time, the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) will be demolishing the facility where the goods were found.

The arrests came just a day after five more suspects were nabbed for selling counterfeit gadgets in a sting operation by ACA at Luthuli Avenue in Nairobi’s CBD area.

In the Monday raid, ACA seized counterfeit goods including mobile phones, chargers, phone covers, batteries and earphones worth eight million shillings.

Some of the gadgets seized by Anti-Counterfeit Authority in Nairobi’s Luthuli Avenue./COURTESY

The authority also seized machines used to package the counterfeit devices including branded seals.

Some of the counterfeit products bore branding for HTC, Samsung, Nokia, Huawei and Sony.

ACA Chief Inspector Ibrahim Bule said the authority will continue carrying the raids until they rid the market of illicit goods.

“We were basically looking at Moi Avenue and Luthuli area because that is a place known for phones, phones accessories and affiliate products,” said Bule.

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“This initiative is a way to improve innovation and will also give opportunity to brand owners so that we expand our marketing basement and improve direct investment in our country,” he added.