Police arrest 6 linked to sales of poisonous ponmo in Lagos market


The Lagos State Police Command has arrested 6 suspects for allegedly bringing a truckload of poisonous ponmo (cow skin) into the state.

Report has it that the suspects hid the ponmo in a warehouse on College Road, Igando, Lagos.

Naija Buzz had reported warning issued by the Lagos State Government over the circulation of poisonous ponmo in Lagos market.

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

The 6 suspects

Bala Elkana, the spokesman of the Lagos Police Command, in a statement on Sunday revealed that the police acted on information that the poisonous ponmo were kept in the warehouse.

“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,”Elkana said.

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