Six Arrested For Alleged Sale Of Poisonous Ponmo In Lagos

Police in Lagos have arrested six suspects in connection with bringing a truckload of poisonous cow skin, also known as ‘ponmo’, into the state.

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Concise News understands that the suspects, identified as Adelowo Yinka, Olawumi Onabanjo, Omowumi Wasiu, Adeshokan Taiwo, Iyabo Oluwa and Taye Kazeem, were said to have assembled the goods in a warehouse on College Road, Igando.

Spokesman for the police in the state, Bala Elkana, said operatives of the command who arrested the suspects acted on information that the poisonous goods were kept in the warehouse.

He said the poisonous goods, the chemicals used in preserving them and a truck used in conveying the items were recovered after the warehouse was ransacked.

Elkana said, “On Saturday, May 4, 2019, around 5 am, 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.”