Six arrested for being in possession of poisonous Ponmo 

521, poisonous Ponmo

Six persons have been arrested in Lagos after they were caught with loads of poisonous cow skin popularly known as Ponmo in Igando area of the state.

Report had alerted unsuspecting Nigerians to the influx of poisonous ponmo in the market.

On Sunday a breakthrough was made in the manhunt for the unscrupulous sellers following arrest of six persons after police burst their warehouse.

The State police spokesmen, DSP Bala Elkana revealed this via a statement.

It reads: “On May 5, at about 5 a.m, acting on the strength of information from a credible source that a truck load of cow skins, popularly called ‘ponmo’, suspected to be poisonous were heaped in a warehouse at No. 9, College road, Igando.

“A team of Police officers led by the Divisional Police Officer Igando, mobilised to the scene.

“The huge pillage and pyramid of poisonous ponmo and the chemicals used in the preservation of the cow skins were recovered.

“One TATA Truck with registration number AKD-375-XB which was used in conveying the goods was impounded “Officials of 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 Adelowo Yinka 50, Olawumi Onabanjo 40, Omowumi Wasiu 43, Adeshokan Taiwo 43, Iyabo Oluwa 38 and Taye Kazeem 40yrs were arrested in connection with the case.’’

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