Many residents of Ogun State trooped to where a vegetable oil-laden tanker fell last Sunday, scooping its spilled content. In this report, FISAYO FALODI and JESUSEGUN ALAGBE write about the health implication of cooking with such contaminated oil
Mr. Badmus had just finished his lunch – a bowl of ‘eba’ with ‘egusi’ soup, flushed down his stomach with a glass of orange juice – on Monday when he realised the ‘havoc’ his wife had done to him.
The ‘havoc,’ according to him, was: “My wife cooked the soup with the vegetable oil that was spilled on the road by a tanker on Sunday. I couldn’t believe it when I learned about it. I was so angry that I felt like throwing up the food. I don’t understand why I would give her money to buy NAFDAC-approved cooking oil and she would cook with the one that was spilled on the road side in such a dirty environment.”
Badmus, a resident of Orimerunmu, Ogun State, a town along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, apart from being embittered towards his wife, told Saturday PUNCH on a visit to the area that he was seriously concerned by the health implication of eating food cooked with vegetable oil that was spilled on the road.
In the early hours of Sunday, November 1, 2015, an 18-wheeler tanker carrying hundreds of gallons of vegetable oil to Lagos fell at the Orimerunmu area of Ogun State, spilling its content on the road.
In the twinkling of an eye, many residents of the area and neighbouring towns, including Olowotedo, Asese, Ibafo, Mowe and Magboro, got wind of the information, trooped to the scene of the accident with empty jerry cans and buckets, and loaded those objects with the spilled vegetable oil.
Both the young and the old, men and women, including pregnant women and those carrying babies on their backs, were said to have thronged the scene – to partake of the proverbial manna that had fallen down from heaven.
A woman carrying a baby among those scooping the oil
Because of the unexpected ‘blessing,’ Saturday PUNCH learned that even Christians in the area who were supposed to go to church either didn’t go or went late in order to fetch as much quantity of the commodity as possible.