As reported by saharareporters on December 27, the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) of Nigeria has imposed a fine of US$110 million on British American Tobacco Nigeria Limited and its affiliates (collectively known as BAT Parties). The reason is that it breaches the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Act 2018 and other relevant tobacco control regulations and directives.
The Commission further noted that BAT Parties will undergo compliance and monitoring under the Commission's supervision for 24 months to ensure that their conduct and business practices are adjusted to be more consistent with current competition regulations and tobacco control efforts.
The FCCPC disclosed investigative activities from 2020 to 2023, including: In 2023, the FCCPC entered into a dispute with British American Tobacco (Nigeria) Limited regarding a series of violations of federal competition and consumer protection laws, the National Tobacco Control Act and a series of legal documents. Company (BATN), British American Tobacco Marketing (Nigeria) Limited (BATMN), British American Tobacco plc, British American Tobacco (Holdings) Limited (collectively known as BAT Parties) reached a final resolution.
The FCCPC added that based on the existence of probable cause and sufficient evidence to conduct further investigations, the court issued a search and seizure order on August 28, 2020 against British American Tobacco Nigeria Limited and other affiliated companies (collectively, BAT Parties). .
On January 25, 2021, the Commission conducted simultaneous searches and seizures at multiple BAT Parties locations and a service provider location pursuant to this decision and seizure order.