A strong partnership between the Federal Government and Hewlett-Packard (HP) Company Ltd has led to the closing down of large-scale international counterfeiting operations in Lagos and Abuja.
Through consistent raids, several large seizures have been made in shops, warehouses and at manufacturing sites in Abuja and Lagos.
In fact, Nigerian officials involved in the crackdown, seized 142,000 illegal items, which were primarily components for manufacturing counterfeit toner and ink cartridges.
In a statement on the collaboration between the Nigerian authorities and HP, the company’s Country Supplies Business Manager, Nigeria and Ghana, Olatunji Itiola, said that, “with our unwavering efforts and commitment to end these counterfeit operations with local officials, we continue to focus on the safety of our customers through our Anti-Counterfeiting and Fraud Programme.
“HP is thrilled to continue its success working with the Nigerian government and authorities, to close down these illegal counterfeit operations. We are proud that the collaboration is working to reduce counterfeiting operations in the region, and bringing the associated criminals to justice,” Itiola said.
Counterfeiting is a crime. For users, such illegal imitations can lead to problems such as performance and reliability issues. Should a printer break because of using counterfeit printer ink or toner, the owner or user could have issues with the manufacturer’s warranty becoming not applicable.
Itiola said that original HP products are designed to meet the company’s strict quality and reliability standards, based on a long history of inventing and testing. Original HP LaserJet and HP inkjet cartridges, unlike counterfeits, benefit from superior performance and consistent results.
He said that across Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) over the last five years, approximately 12 million counterfeits and components had been seized by local authorities, supported by HP, adding that HP had conducted over 4,500 audits and inspections of partners’ stocks or suspicious deliveries for customers.
Through HP’s Anti-Counterfeiting and Fraud (ACF) Programme, the company educates its customers and partners to be vigilant against fake printing supplies. It also cooperates with local and global law enforcement authorities to detect and dismantle illegal operations that produce counterfeit HP printing components.