Six people have been arrested by men of the Lagos State Police Command on Saturday for allegedly possessing a truck of poisonous cow skin also known as ‘ponmo’.
The six suspects were identified as Adelowo Yinka, Olawumi Onabanjo, Omowumi Wasiu, Adeshokan Taiwo, Iyabo Oluwa and Taye Kazeem.
The suspects reportedly assembled the poisonous cow skin in a warehouse on college road, Igando.
A statement released on Sunday by the Police Public Relations Officer, Bala, Elkana said officers in the command swung to action following a tip-off they received.
According to hin, the poisonous ponmo alongside the chemicals used to preserve them and the truck that was used to transport them into the state have been seized by the Command.
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, mobilized 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.”
He assured Lagosians the command is committed to protecting lives and properties of residents, adding investigation is going on to ascertain the source of the poisonous cow skin.