Police Arrest Man For Selling Sawdust, Cement As Herbs


The Nigeria Police Command in Kwara State have arrested a man identified as Dauda Afolabi has for selling harmful and dangerous mixture as herbal concoction.

Afolabi reportedly marketed and sold a mixture of sawdust, cement and Plaster of Paris (POP) powder as herbal medicine.

In a viral video, Afolabi said he used to visit many markets in the state to sell his products.

According to him, “I put some quantity of sawdust, cement and gypsum powder used for making POP inside small white polythene bags, the type used to tie N5 water before, to sell to the public as herbal medicine for malaria and other ailments.

“I go to several markets in the state and get patronage. I don’t have a fixed prize for it. I sell based on bargain. I know it’s dangerous but because of the economic situation in the country.”

A resident of Gerewu community, Taibat, said Dauda was a popular face at Mandate Market, Ilorin, before he was nabbed.

Taibat, who called for vigilance on the part of the public and proper regulation from authorities, wondered the collateral damage that might have been done already to victims who had used the mixture.

However, Ajayi Okasanmi, the state PPRO said the matter had not been reported to the police.

He added that the police would act as soon as it was brought to their knowledge.

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