The Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCAC) has arrested two suspects in connection with two trailers loaded with toxic and expired maize at Dawanu Market in the state.
Dawanau market is the largest in West Africa, where various grains were sold and is located in the ancient city of Kano.
The Acting Executive Chairman, PCAC, Barr. Mahmoud Balarabe, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen shortly after sealing off a store where the goods are being kept in Kano on Friday, September 17.
According to Balarabe, on September 16, at about 8:00 p.m, the commission received an intelligence report that some unknown persons brought in toxic and expired maize to Dawanau foodstuff market, Kano.
“Upon receiving the information, we quickly mobilized our operation department police to intercept the trailers,”
“We are here to seal off a store where the toxic and expired maize are kept at Dawanau which also include one trailer and 10 bags of expired millet.”
He noted that the expired maize is black. Adding that almost 90 per cent of every bag are toxic with 10 per cent of good maize, adding that “the maizes are being taken to a company where it will be processed for human consumption.”
Balarabe then called on the general public to give the commission and other government organizations all necessary cooperation to sanitize the country system.
He, however, hinted that the investigation is ongoing, adding that the commission will not leave anyone involved in this kind of act.
According to him, the agency will invite the Dawanau market leaders especially those in charge of maize, millet and find out if they know anything about this heinous act.
One of the suspects, Musa Ibrahim, said “I don’t know anything about this matter, I was arrested when my friend “Maigari” said I should accompany him to his store situated at Dawanau market.”
Ibrahim further disclosed that the intercepted goods belong to his friend, one Adamu Maigari who has been selling maize for the past 15 years.