The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC has shut down three factories that are into importation of hides also known as ponmo.


The Ponmo factories which are located along Unity Avenue, Ijagemo; Sosanya Street, Ijegun; and Adedayo Ayodeji Street, WAZOBIA Bus Stop,Abaranje, all located in the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State were said to have always used chemicals for embalming corpses for preservation of hides.


This recent development was made known by the Deputy Director, Intelligence Unit, NAFDAC, Mr Francis Ononiwu.


He also disclosed that one Mr Isaac Nwaebo who own of the ponmo factories have been arrested.


He 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.”


Further reports said the resident living at Adedayo Ayodeji Street had complained that the stench from one of the hide processing factories is unbearable.