Three siblings, who are traders have been arrested by the police in Lagos State for allegedly selling “poisonous beans” to members of the public.
The brothers – Faith Ogbona, Chidioke Ogbona and Sunday Ogbona were arrested on Adenekan Street, Alagbado, Lagos State, following a tip-off from by a woman, who caught Chidioke applying Sniper, an insecticide, on the beans.
Chidioke said: “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.”
“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.”
“The suspects would be charged to court after investigation.”
Faith, who said he started the business four years ago, denied any awareness of his brother’s actions
He said, “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 learnt 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 chemicals 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.”