It has been disclosed that some traders in Lagos spray insecticide on beans for preservation and later sell them to unsuspected members of the public. The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Fatai Owoseni said this in Lagos on Wednesday.
This followed the arrest of three brothers in connection with the act. Owoseni stated to newsmen that policemen stumbled on one of the shop attendants while he was spraying a particularly poisonous insecticide on beans meant for sale in Alagbado area of Lagos.
The two persons, discovered to be siblings, according to him, were arrested over the act. Owoseni disclosed that when their eldest brother and owner of the shop, Faith Ogbonna, 41, arrived, he stormed Alakuko Police Division, where his siblings were being held, and allegedly offered the Divisional Police Officer N500,000 to effect release of the suspects. However, Faith was arrested.
He revealed that the act was not new, adding that in Maiduguri, Borno State, where he usually bought bags of beans, chemicals were used to preserve them.
According to Ebonyi State-born Faith, “I buy bags of beans in Maiduguri and bring to Lagos to sell. I saw when they use chemicals in Maiduguri to preserve beans. When it is applied, it prevents ants from infesting the grains. Such bags of beans can last between three to six months. But I did not instruct my brother to use any chemical.
“On the day in question, I was in a church in Ibadan, when I received a call that my brother had been arrested. When I got there, I was told he was mixing a particular insecticide with the grains of beans.”
On his part, the suspect that was caught in the act, Chijoke Ogbonna, admitted to have applied chemical and insecticide on some bags of beans.