Yesterday, two suspects were paraded for repackaging and selling expired digestive biscuits in all markets of Lagos. The suspects, Mr. Rabiu Olalekan and Mr. Hakeem Tiamiyu, were paraded by the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce) at their office in Alausa Ikeja.
“Members of the public to beware of re-packaged expired digestive biscuits selling in all markets across Lagos”, The Chairman, Taskforce, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, warns the citizens of Lagos. Egbeyemi disclosed that the suspects were arrested around Mosafejo market in Oshodi, Lagos state.
Sp Egbeyemi said that one of his Police Officers initially arrested a lady, Bimbo Oyewole at Oshodi under bridge. This was while she was cleaning off the expired date boldly written on a pack of digestive biscuits. The lady when arrested, took the task force officials to where she bought the expired digestive biscuit at N1,900 per pack.
Olalekan, whose address as at time of arrest was C135 Bere – Mapo, Ibadan in Oyo State gave up his counterpert, Mr. Hakeem Tiamiyu who lives at No 26, Oremeji Street, Ikotun – Egbe, Lagos. They both 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.
These suspects claimed that they bought hundreds of packs of digestive biscuits at Mosafejo market before the market was demolished by the government. That since they could not sell them before they expired, they decided to change the expiry dates and re-package 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.