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Police arrest 6 persons with ‘poisonous ponmo’ in Igando

Police officers attached to the Lagos State Command have arrested six persons for allegedly selling poisonous cow skin, a local delicacy widely known as ‘ponmo’.

 The suspects were identified as Adelowo Yinka, 50; Olawumi Onabanjo, 40; Omowumi Wasiu, 43; Adeshokan Taiwo, 43; Iyabo Oluwa, 38; and Taye Kazeem, 40.

Items recovered from the suspects included a large quantity of the ‘ponmo’ commodity and chemicals the arrested persons were said to be using as preservative.

The Lagos State police spokesman, Bala Elkana, who confirmed the arrest, said that on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at about 5am, a team of officers led by the Divisional Police Officer of the Igando Division, acted on the strength of a piece of information from a credible source that a truck-load of ‘ponmo’ suspected to be poisonous had been discharged in a warehouse at No 9, College Road, Igando, Lagos Mainland.

Elkana said that the consignment and the chemicals used in its preservation were recovered and one TATA truck registration number AKD-375-XB allegedly used to convey the goods to the warehouse impounded.

He added that officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Health had, after due examination, confirmed the cow skin to be poisonous and unfit for human consumption. The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State command, Zubairu Mu’azu, said investigation was ongoing to ascertain the source of the food item and the suspects would soon be charged to court.