Man nabbed over fake insecticide

Kwabena Owusu, a 37-year-old man from Bekwai, in the Ashanti Region, is in police grips for allegedly selling an insecticide named Magic Sent, suspected to be fake.

Briefing the Ghana News Agency in Koforidua on Tuesday, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Yaw Nketia-Yeboah, the Eastern Regional Public Affairs Officer, said on Monday, a group of traders from the Nsawam market arrested Kwabena Owusu and took him to the Nsawam Police Station for selling the insecticide.

He said during interrogation, the suspect confessed in the presence of witnesses that he produced the product by mixing grounded broom with cow dung and selling same to the general public as insecticides.

According to ASP Nketia-Yeboah, the suspect usually dressed in female apparel and covered his head with wig and wore shoes to match. 

He said a sample of the substance was yet to be sent to the Forensic Crime Laboratory for testing and the Nsawam Police had started preparing a provisional charge of defrauding by false pretense and engaging in obnoxious trade against the suspect.

ASP Nketia-Yeboah, therefore, cautioned the general public to exercise care when patronising insecticides which might be hazardous to their health and endeavour to report any of such suspected cases to the nearest police station.

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