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Police Apprehend Traders Preserving Beans With Insecticide

The Lagos State Police Commnad have discovered how some traders preserved beans by spraying insecticide on them.

Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Fatai Owoseni revealed this yesterday.addding that the traders are selling same to unsuspecting members of the public.

This followed the arrest of three brothers in connection with the act.

Adressing the journalists, Owoseni stated 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, 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, 41-year-old Faith was arrested.

 Ebonyi State-born Faith during his confession said that the act was not new. 

He added that in Maiduguri, Bornu State, where he usually bought bags of beans, chemicals were used to preserve them.

"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."

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On his part, the suspect that was caught in the act, Chijoke Ogbona, admitted to have applied chemical and insecticide on some bags of beans

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