Three blood brothers who deal in foodstuff have been arrested by the police in Lagos for allegedly using insecticide to preserve beans.
Punch reports that the suspects, Faith, Chidioke and Sunday Ogbona, were arrested at their residence on Adenekan Street, Alagbado area of the state after they were alerted by a woman who caught them in the act.
The police report that the woman who had gone to the suspects' shop to buy the foodstuff, caught Chidioke applying the killer insecticide on the beans and alerted the police.
While Chidioke and Sunday were picked up after the report, Friday, their elder brother who owned the shop, was arrested when he went to the station to secure their bail.
It was gathered that 41-year-old Faith had wanted to influence his brothers’ release by allegedly offering the divisional police officer a N500, 000 bribe, which the officer rejected.
The Ebonyi State-born suspects were paraded at the State Police Command headquarters in Ikeja with some bags of the poisonous beans and some bottles of Snipers recovered from the shop.
Chidioke, 18, reportedly said that what he was doing when the woman that reported him came to the shop was that he wanted to preserve the beans with the insecticide to prevent it from being infested with insects.
These fresh looking beans could be poisonous
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He said it was his first time of putting the substance in the foodstuffs, claiming that he deduced the preservation method from using the insecticide to kill rodents and ants.
“I just saw it (Sniper) as something that kills insects and decided to use it to preserve the beans and kill the insects therein.
I was applying the chemical for the first time when a woman approached me and warned that it was dangerous.
A few minutes after, some policemen came to arrest me. My brother (Faith) was not around when I put the Sniper in the beans.”
However, Faith confessed that his suppliers in Maiduguri, Borno State, where he bought the goods, used some chemicals including Sniper and DD Force, (a poisonous chemical used on agricultural pests but said to cause stomach and respiratory problems in humans), to preserve beans, adding that his brother carried out the act without his consent.
“I wasn’t around when my brother was caught putting Sniper in the beans. I was called on the telephone and I quickly returned to Lagos from Ibadan (Oyo State), where I had gone for a function.
Sunday came to my shop when he learned some policemen were there and he was also arrested.
Chidioke just came back from our village. He had never seen me put Sniper in beans. In Maiduguri, if my suppliers wanted to preserve beans, they put DD Force or Sniper in water and spray it on the beans.
It will be stored for about three or six months, depending on the quantity of chemical applied.
I have never mixed beans with chemicals, but I have been buying the one with chemicals from Maiduguri. If it is stored for a long time, it is not dangerous for human consumption.”
Confirming the arrest of the brother, the state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said the suspects would be charged to court after investigation.
“The excuse the owner of the shop gave was that he was mixing pesticide with beans and that he had been selling it like that.
He approached the DPO, thinking he could easily settle the case and get the two other suspects released. He offered her N500,000, but she rejected it,” CP Owoseni said.