Police bust counterfeiting rings in Nasarawa, Abuja

The Police have halted significant counterfeiting operations trading in illegal HP print cartridges in the Nigerian market, tech firm HP Nigeria has said.

The firm, in a statement, said the police – with the support of HP’s Anti-Counterfeit and Fraud team – executed three major raids on several large-scale counterfeiting premises “in Nasarawa State and the Abuja area”.

It said the resulting seizures saw officials confiscate over 5,000 illicit items from various commercial sites, preventing their unlawful sale within Nigeria.

Commenting on the raid, HP Nigeria Country Head, Emmanuel Asika, said the aim was to safeguard the firm’s customers from the illegal sale of fraudulent products.

Asika said: “Counterfeiting is an illegal activity that not only negatively impacts the business of resellers and distributors but also affects the product experience for our customers.

“HP Original ink supplies have been developed to consistently deliver high-quality results while ensuring minimal impact on the environment.

“We value our longstanding partnership with the Nigerian authorities and the exceptional success of our Anti-Counterfeiting and Fraud Programme in safeguarding our customers from the illegal sale of fraudulent HP products.”

The statement noted that counterfeiting is not only illegal but also negatively impacts the businesses of both resellers and distributors.

It referenced a recent study by the Organisation for European Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) which showed that international trade in counterfeit and pirated goods represents up to 3.3 per cent of world trade, or as much as $509 billion.”

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