The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has begun investigation into possible infringement on import and manufacturing dealings by Major Generator importers in Nigeria.

The Executive Vice Chair/CEO of FCCPC, Babatunde Irukera in a statement stated that major importers of generator like Mikano, Jubaili Brothers and JMG are under investigation.

The statement titled, ‘commencement of broad investigation into generator importation, manufacture, assembly & distribution,’ quotes the FCCPC as saying it has obtained a warrant and order of the court to proceed with the investigation.

It said, “In furtherance of the investigation, the Commission on November 16, 2022, obtained a Search Warrant and Order of the Federal High Court in Case No.: FHC/ABJ/CS/2075/2022 after sufficiently convincing the court that there is probable cause and prima facie evidence of infringements of the FCCPA.

“The purpose of the Search Warrant and Order was to secure vital information and evidence from key targets and large industry players whose businesses and practices have been implicated in the intelligence so far procured, and surveillance work is already done.

“The Commission simultaneously executed the Search Warrants on the identified targets has secured certain information from targets of the investigation. The investigation is progressing with forensic analysis, hearings, questioning, and other evidence gathering tools.”

FCCPC said is it welcomes information from members of the public that would help it in the investigation, and promised to conceal the identity of the whistleblowers.

FCCPC said it “is keenly interested in receiving feedback or experiences with respect to dealings; or any relevant knowledge of the business or practices of generator sellers or distributors.

“Particularly, the Commission is interested in any knowledge with respect to pricings, multiple, or duplicitous equipment models, import and or customs clearing practices; and any mutual communication or coordination between companies. Information with respect to the following companies are very material: (1) Jubaili Brothers (2) Mikano International Limited (3) JMG.”