NAFDAC Shuts Down Ponmo Factories Which Uses Chemical For Embalming Corpses For Preservation

Three factories which specializes in importing hides popularly known
as ponmo, located along Unity Avenue, Ijagemo; Sosanya Street, Ijegun;
and Adedayo Ayodeji Street, WAZOBIA Bus Stop, Abaranje, all in the
Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State, have been shut down by
the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control,

The ponmo factories were accused of using a chemical for embalming
corpses for preservation.  One of the facilities’ owner, Isaac Nwaebo
was arrested after he tampered with the agency’s seal on his premises.
Confirming the arrest, Deputy Director, Intelligence Unit, NAFDAC, Mr
Francis Ononiwu said; 


“When we first called at Nwaebo’s factory last week, there was a
large quantity of hides; it appeared as if he just had his delivery. We
decided to lock up the place and placed our seal on the door. When we
came to check the place on Tuesday, the hides had all been removed. He
has to explain how and why the hides disappeared from the place we
locked up.

“There are so many imported hide factories in Lagos. The hides are
preserved with the same chemical used for embalming corpses. They are
not safe for human consumption. We have been fighting them and we will
get to them anywhere they are.”

It was further gathered that residents of Adedayo Ayodeji Street, had
protested the continued activities of one of the factories in their
area. Punch reported that they said the stench from the hide processing
was unbearable.


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