The Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce) has paraded two suspects - Rabiu Olalekan and Hakeem Tiamiyu - for repackaging expired digestive biscuits. The Chairman, Taskforce, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi while parading the suspects warned members of the public to be wary of re-packaged expired digestive biscuits selling in all markets across Lagos. Egbeyemi disclosed that the suspects were arrested for re-packaging and selling expired digestive biscuits to members of the public around Mosafejo market in Oshodi, Lagos.
He said one of his Police Officers arrested a lady, Bimbo Oyewole at Oshodi under bridge while she was cleaning off the expired date boldly written on a pack of a digestive biscuit. He said the lady who was arrested took the taskforce officials to where she bought the expired digestive biscuit at N1,900 per pack from Mr. Rabiu Olalekan and Mr. Hakeem Tiamiyu.
Olalekan, whose address as at time of arrest was C135 Bere-Mapo, Ibadan in Oyo state confessed to have been doing the business of repackaging expired digestive biscuits and selling them to members of the public at a cheaper rate with Hakeem Tiamiyu who lives at No 26, Oremeji Street, Ikotun-Egbe, Lagos.
The suspects claimed that they bought hundred packs of digestive biscuits before government demolished Mosafejo market and that since they could not sell them before they expired, they decided changing the expiring dates and re-packaging them for the consumption of members of the public.
According to Olalekan, they normally sell a pack of re-packaged digestive biscuit at the rate of N1,900 as against the non-expired one sold at N4,500 per pack.
Both men claimed that poverty pushed them to the business and that they distributed these re-packaged expired biscuits to various agents across Lagos State, PM News reports.