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6 Arrested For Bringing Toxic Cow Skins To Lagos

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6 Arrested For Bringing Toxic Cow Skins, Ponmo To Lagos

Six people have been arrested in Lagos after they were caught with poisonous cow skins (Ponmo).

In a statement released by the Lagos Command spokesman, Bala Elkana on Sunday, the suspects were arrested following a tip-off from the public.

Here are their  names

  • Adelowo Yinka
  • Olawunmi Onabanjo
  • Omowami Wasiu
  • Adeshokan Taiwo,
  • Iyabo Oluwa
  • Taye Kazeem

Elkana said:

“On May 5, at about 5am, acting on the strength of information from a source that a truck load of cow skins, popularly called Ponmo, suspected to be poisonous, were stored in a warehouse at 9, College Road, Igando, a team of 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 number plate AKD-375-XB, which was used in conveying the goods, was impounded.

“Officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Health were contacted and after examination, the cow skins were confirmed to be poisonous and not fit for human consumption.”

“Investigation is on to ascertain the source and destinations of the poisonous food items. The suspects will be arraigned”.



  1. Chioma Beauty

    May 6, 2019 at 4:21 AM

    This is scary omg. I will never eat ponmo again

  2. Jamiu

    May 6, 2019 at 4:22 AM

    This is how they make all ponmo, the best thing is to stop eating these processed rotten meat. Go to abbatoirs u will see more stinky ones

  3. DB

    May 6, 2019 at 9:59 AM

    How did they determine the toxicity? You dont determine toxicity by ordinary tip off. This is not marijuana or cocaine

    • Jilo

      May 7, 2019 at 1:45 PM

      DB the Health Officials took some portions of the Cow Skin to the lab and detected that the Ponmo is toxic with kind of chemical they used to remove the hair. It is not the Ponmo itself, it’s about the chemical used. In Nigeria we never want to do things the right way. There are two ways of producing Ponmo from Cow Skin, it is either through burning by using firewood OR boiling hot water and dip the Cow Skin inside. These procedures are natural and not toxic but using other chemical agents can make it Carcinogenic.

      Some Ponmo producers are using Auto tyre to burn the Cow Skin which is more deadly and cancerous. If you feel like making Ponmo as a business why can’t we do it right way even if we are going to charge more for the labor and time spent. Most of diseases in Nigeria are caused by our I don’t care attitude and quick money making syndrome.

  4. iron bar

    May 6, 2019 at 11:19 AM

    get rich quick syndrome..crime,fraud,kidnapping,.yet baba go slow dey chop burger for united kingdom while the nation level go be something else

  5. Fifelomo

    May 6, 2019 at 2:37 PM

    Thank God, they were caught on time.

  6. Lola O

    May 6, 2019 at 6:43 PM

    DB, did you read that after examination, the ponmo were found to be toxic. They are usually cleaned with chemical used to preserve dead bodies in mortuaries. Beef, by itself, is not healthy if one wishes to live long. It sits in the stomach for 72 hours before digesting and has been linked with stomach cancer. It’s not magic to figure out why vegetarians live longer. We need to be careful with what we consume these days

    • Jilo

      May 7, 2019 at 3:07 PM

      Lola O you are very right about what you said about Beef consumption even in addition to that according to Medical Study, the residue of Beef stays up to one year in your system before it can be totally eliminated from your body that is how bad Beef is to our body. Having said that there is a recent study that proved that we cannot totally abandon protein and live on vegetables only we still need some protein to balance it up. The clue that I got from this medical journal report is to limit our Beef intakes Maybe, to once in two months and not consume it excessively.

      Gone are those days when our grandparents were the one having more access to bunch of meats. Our grandfathers were used to serve with large quantities of meat which they don’t need after 40 years. They only need small portion to keep them going but it is a kind of disrespectful in Africa culture especially if that person is a rich man which has contributed to their untimely death because we don’t do research. Their body only need small intake of protein because the rest will end up as a waste. The process should have been other way round where children and teenagers should have access to more meat because they need that to support their growth but it is a taboo in my tradition for a young child to be served large portion of meats. I remember when we are kids, some kids have to steal these meat to really fulfill their taste for meat intakes but now the Doctors are now advising us to stay away from it if we value our lives.

      Aunty Lola O, from the study we cannot live on vegetables alone, we sometimes need some protein. We may not necessarily get it from Beef but it’s a quick way to get protein which our body requires. However some people may opt for 3 Organs meat, Liver, Kidney and Heart. Consuming these organ meats poses no health treat. They do not stay in our system but overall, I think moderation is the key. If I choose to eat beef may be 4 times in a year that should not necessarily cause havoc to my health. To be honest with you, whenever I feel like eating meat and I cannot hold it, I end up of having it in form of Goatmeat peppersoup. I don’t like beef because of its health impairment. Depending on individual bodies, some people body need more protein while some require only little but having a medical examination may give you more clue on how to restrict your protein. If your Doctor tells you to hike your protein, don’t overdo it because too much protein can damage kidney too. That is a fact.

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