The Lagos State Government has warned residents of the state against buying ponmo (cow skin), being sold in some markets in the state.
A statement by the Director of Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Adeola Salako, said three persons involved in the sale of the “poisonous ponmo ” in the Ojo and Iba local government areas of the state had been arrested.
The statement said the ponmo was seized in large quantities, adding that samples of the confiscated ponmo had been sent to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control to test their suitability for consumption.
“The Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, who disclosed this in his office on 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,” the statement read in part.
The commissioner noted that the attention of the state government was drawn to the activities of traders who deal in the sales of the poisonous ponmo at odd hours in different locations in the two local government areas.
“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,” the statement read.
Salako called on the public to be vigilant and report any sale of unwholesome foods and food products to environmental health officer in their nearest local government or to the ministry of health.
Cult Clash in Lagos Claims Seven Lives
No fewer than seven people were reportedly killed during a violent clash between two rival cults in the Ijede area of Ikorodu, Lagos State.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, who confirmed the incident, told theNews Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, on Wednesday, that the KK and Eiye confraternities were involved in the clash.
Elkana said the command immediately responded and arrested 10 suspects.
He explained that the fracas, leading to deaths, started when an argument ensued between two members of the groups, with one of the fighters stabbed.
The police spokesman said the gang, whose member was stabbed, believing him to be dead, launched a retaliatory attack on members of the rival group.
He said the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumisu, immediately called for an emergency meeting and summoned the Area Commander, Divisional Police Officers and the tactical commanders where the incident occurred.
According to him, the police chief also deployed the Special Strike Force men to arrest the cultists and deal with the situation.
Reacting to the development, the Chairman, Ijede Local Council Development Area, Mr Fatiu Salisu, said the clash started on Monday when a man was reportedly stabbed with a bottle and was rushed to the Ikorodu General Hospital.
Salisu said the man was rejected due to the nature of his injuries and he was later referred to a teaching hospital, where he was attended to.
According to him, members of his group thought that he had died, and thereafter embarked on a revenge mission in the community.
He stated, “I was at a meeting in Ikeja when I was called that a member of the Eiye Confraternity had been stabbed, and when I came, I saw one corpse at the roundabout.”
Man, 40, Lands in Police Net for Beating, Stabbing Wife to Death
The police in Ogun State have arrested a 40-year-old man, Bamidele Olanrewaju, for allegedly beating his wife, Adenike, to death.
Mr Olanrewaju allegedly committed the act in their home in Ofada community in the state.
Police spokesperson in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the arrest on Monday. He said the incident occurred on Sunday and was reported at the Ofada Police Post by the 15-year-old son of the couple.
He said, the boy, Ayomide Olanrewaju, told the police that his mother had a misunderstanding with his father, leading to a fight between them.
He said his father hit her with a big stick until she fell into a coma, after which he allegedly stabbed her on the head with a screwdriver, resulting in the death of the woman.
“On the strength of the report, the officer-in-charge Ofada Police Post, DSP Akinfolahan Oluseye led his men to the scene at Bisodun village via Ofada where the suspect who had been held down by the people of the community was handed over to the police and he was immediately taken to Owode-Egba Divisional headquarters where he is currently being interrogated,” Mr Oyeyemi said.
He said preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect was fond of beating his wife. After finally beating her to death, Mr Oyeyemi said the suspect attempted to bury the corpse secretly when their children who saw him digging a grave by the side of their house alerted their neighbours.
“The corpse of the victim has been deposited at Olabisi Onabanjo Teaching Hospital Mortuary, Sagamu for autopsy, while the screwdriver and the stick which the suspect used to kill the victim have also been recovered,” the police spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, has ordered the suspect transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and prosecution.
Police Arrest Notorious Female Armed Robber in Delta
Officers and men of the “Safe Delta” Unit of the Nigeria Police Force, led by CSP Anieteh Eyoh, on Monday morning, arrested a notorious female armed robber, Bella Lucky, and two other suspects of a criminal gang at McClivers market area in Warri, Delta State.
The armed robbery syndicate, who has been on the police wanted list, included two boys and a female. They are presently in custody at the Delta State Police Command in Asaba.
Daggers and some mobile phones were recovered from the suspects by the police operatives, who tracked the notorious female suspect down to a hideout after she allegedly stabbed and inflicted injuries on a yet-to-be-identified woman.
The PUNCH gathered that the notorious female armed robber specialises in luring victims to the criminal gangs terrorising Warri and its environs with a commercial tricycle, popularly known across the state as “Keke”.
Confirming the arrest of the armed robbery syndicate, the Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Hafiz Inuwa, told journalists in Warri that “three of them were arrested. One of them is a very young girl.”
Inuwa said, “These are armed robbers who were using a woman. It’s not a question of a notorious armed robber. It’s a gang using knife, stabbing people and robbing them.”
According to the police boss, the modus operandi of the syndicate is to use the female robber “to deceive passengers, engage them in a discussion, get them carried away, and rob them”.
“They’ve been arrested and they’re in our custody,”, the CP added.