The Lagos state ministry of Agriculture confiscated a truck load of poisonous ponmo at Ijegun area of Lagos on Monday.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Olayiwole Onasanya, who described the cowhide as Ebola ponmo said the item was imported into the country by some ‘unscrupulous individuals’.
Onasanya, in a statement with the Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Jide Lawal, noted that officials of the state government were informed about the matter after the police from the Ikotun division intercepted the truck.
According to the statement, the permanent secretary pointed out that the cowhide was preserved with chemicals to serve as a leather material, but it was being sold for human consumption before police intervention.
“He noted that the confiscated Ebola ponmo has since been transported to the ministry’s outstation at Johnson Agiri Office Complex, Agege, for disposal at the medical waste dump site in Ewu Elepe, in the Ikorodu area of the state.
“Dr Onasanya explained that other relevant agencies such as the Lagos State Waste Management Authority and environmental health officers have been duly informed of the discovery and the disposal exercise,” the statement said.
he also made it known that about 30tonnes of poisonous ponmo were seized earlier this year.
The ministry advised residents to be vigilant and report any suspected sales of unwholesome food items to the nearest local government secretariat or the state ministry of agriculture.