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Omawumi Wasiu, Adelowo Yinka, Iyabo Oluwa, Olawumi Onabanjo, Adeshokan Taiwo, and Taye Kazeem were among the the suspects arrested by the Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command on Saturday for bringing a truckload of poisonous cow skin, aka ponmo, into the state.
They assembled the goods in a warehouse on College Road, in the Igando area of the state.
In a Statement on Sunday,The Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said operatives of the command acted on a tip off that the poisonous ponmo were kept in the Warehouse,this informed the decision to arrest the suspects.
Bala Elkana continued by saying the poisonous ponmo, the chemicals used in preserving them and a truck used in conveying the items were recovered after the warehouse was invaded by the police.
Elkana said, “On Saturday, May 4, 2019, around 5am, acting on the strength of information from a credible source that a truckload of cow skins, popularly called ponmo, suspected to be poisonous were heaped in a warehouse; a team of police officers, led by the Divisional Police Officer, Igando Police Station, mobilised to the scene and recovered the huge pillage of poisonous ponmo and the chemicals used for their preservation.
“One TATA truck, with number plate, AKD-375-XB, used in conveying the goods was impounded. Officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Health were contacted and after due examination, the cow skins were confirmed to be poisonous and not fit for human consumption. Six suspects were arrested in connection with the case.”
The State Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Mu’azu, assured the residents of Lagos that the command will not relent in its effort to protect the life and property of residents, and flush out the bad eggs adding that investigation was ongoing to ascertain the source and destination of the poisonous food item.
The PPRO said the suspects would be charged to court.