The Government of Lagos State has warned residents against buying poisonous ponmo (cow skin) circulating in some markets particularly in the Ojo and Iba Local Government Areas of the state.
Adeola Salako, the Director of Public Affairs at the State Ministry of Health, in the warning statement said that 3 persons linked to the poisonous ponmo had been arrested.
Following the arrests, large quantity of ponmo was seized and sent to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for test.
“The Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, who disclosed this in his office today (Sunday) while reviewing report of preliminary investigation and enforcement carried out on the sale of the toxic ponmo in the areas, stated that the three persons involved had been charged to court, while samples of the confiscated ponmo had been sent to the NAFDAC laboratory for suitability test analysis for human consumption,” he said.
“Preliminary investigations and suspects tracing revealed that the traders were very active between 4am and 6am at various locations such as Volkswagen bus stop, Iyana Iba, Afolabi Ege Markets, all within the Ojo local government and Iba local council areas of the state.
“Furthermore, a company said to be located at the Ijedodo area of Iba LCDA was indicted as the source of supply of this toxic ponmo and has subsequently been put under surveillance,” he added.
Residents were further advised to be careful and report any sale of unwholesome foods.
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