IMPORTED RICE IS POISONOUS, HAMEED ALI, CUSTOMS BOSS WARNS NIGERIANS

The Comptroller-General, Nigeria Custom Service, Col. Hameed Ali(rtd) at a news conference organised by the Ministry of Finance in Abuja on Thursday appealed to Nigerians to avoid eating foreign rice because it is poisonous. He further declared that the Federal Government had not issued licence for importation of rice and that any rice seen on the streets that was not produced in Nigeria was smuggled. He explained that the reason imported rice is poisonous is because before it comes into the country, it must have spent a minimum of five…

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SYNDICATE BEHIND POISONED LAGOS PONMO BURSTED AFTER 10-HOUR OPERATION

The syndicate behind the distribution of a poisonous brand of cow hide delicacy, popularly called ponmo, have been busted in Lagos. Recall that few days ago, an alarm was raised about a poisonous ponmo in circulation in Lagos. It was alleged that the syndicate normally delivered the poisonous item at a big warehouse in lgando area of the Lagos metropolis. The syndicate behind the distribution of the poisonous ponmo were busted during the week, after The Nation correspondent was alerted over the arrival of a new consignment of the ponmo in question from…

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POLICE ARRESTS 6 PEOPLE WITH TRUCKLOAD OF POISONOUS PONMO IN LAGOS

Policemen attached to the Lagos State Police Command have arrested six suspects in possession of poisonous cow skin (ponmo). The spokesperson, Lagos State Police Command, Bala Elkana, said in a statement on Sunday in Lagos that the suspects were arrested following a police tip-off. “On May 5, at about 5 a.m, 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 at No. 9, College Road, Igando. “A team of Police officers…

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GOVT WARNS OF POISONOUS PONMO IN THE MARKET

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…

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WOMAN POISONS HER CHILD TO DEATH IN ONDO, ARRESTED

Men of the Ondo State Police Command on Thursday, arrested a woman, Mrs Aina Bello, for allegedly killing her four year-old daughter, who had health challenge. The suspect who lived in Iyase Quarter, Arigidi Akoko in Akoko North West Local Government Area of the state, was said to have poisoned her daughter. It was gathered that the suspect, a single mother, deliberately fed the sick daughter with rat poison in order to kill the baby. State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Femi Joseph said, “Aina confessed that she deliberately killed…

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15-YR OLD WIFE POISONS HUSBAND WITH SNIPER IN KANO

The Police Command in Kano State has arrested a 15-year-old housewife, Hassana Lawan, of Bechi Village, in Kumbotso Local Government Area (LGA) of the state for allegedly poisoning her 33-year-old husband, Sale Abubakar. The Command’s Public Relations’ Officer (PPRO),DSP Abdullahi Haruna, confirmed the arrest in a statement issued to newsmen in Kano on Tuesday. Haruna said on April 16, at about 2 p.m., the command received a report that the suspect gave her husband (Abubakar) food with rat poison. He said the victim was taken to Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital…

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MATTERS ARISING: THE POISONING OF OAU DAM

The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, on Wednesday, described the poisoning of the university’s dam by suspected hoodlums as an act of genocide against members of the institution. Some aggrieved ‘indigenes’ of Ile-Ife, claiming ownership of some portions of the university land, had reportedly invaded the university and poisoned the institution’s dam on April 3. While conducting journalists round the dam within the institution’s premises, the university’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Abiodun Olanrewaju, said the chemical used in poisoning the dam, the university’s only source of water,…

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OONI DISPUTES DAM-POISON ALLEGATION BY OAU VICE CHANCELLOR

By Gbenga Olarinoye OSOGBO—THE palace of the Ooni of Ife, yesterday, described the alleged poisoning of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife dam as absurd. Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi The management of OAU had petitioned the Osun State Commissioner of Police, accusing that some members of Ife Development Board, IDB, of poisoning the Opa dam supplying water to the university community. Spokesman of the Ooni’s palace, Mr. Moses Olafare said the palace received the allegation of dam poisoning by the people of the community with trepidation and bewilderment adding…

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