Chairman of the Lagos State Government Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit (Task Force) and Superintendent of Police (SP), Olayinka Egbeyemi, has warned the general public to be wary of re-packaged expired Digestive biscuits now in the market.
Egbeyemi who gave the warning on Monday said two suspects had been arrested for allegedly re-packaging and selling suspected expired biscuits to members of the public around Mosafejo Market in Oshodi.
According to him, one Bimbo Oyewole was arrested at Oshodi under bridge, while cleaning off the expired date boldly written on a pack of digestive biscuits, he added the suspect led the task force officials to arrest another suspect, Rabiu Olalekan, also involved in the criminal act.
The suspects claimed they bought cartons of the expired biscuits before demolition of Mosafejo Market, Oshodi by the state government in August 2015. They claimed they could not sell the biscuits before it expired, so they decided to change the expiry dates and re-packaged them for consumption by members of the public. The suspects confessed to selling a pack of the re-packaged digestive biscuits at N1, 900 as against N4, 500 for good ones.
One of the suspects, Olalekan, whose address at the time of arrest was C135 Bere–Mapo, Ibadan in Oyo State, confessed to have been doing the business of re-packaging expired digestive biscuits and selling them to members of the public at a cheaper rate with Tiamiyu who lives at No. 26 Oremeji street, Ikotun–Egbe, Lagos.
Meanwhile, the task force said it arrested 149 suspected miscreants last week. The statement said 138 of the arrested miscreants had been charged for various environmental offences in the last one week. Egbeyemi stated that 11 of those arrested were set free after identification. He also added that 19 motorcycles were impounded for contravening Lagos State Road traffic law.