Authorities in Lagos, Nigeria, claim to have recovered 120 tonnes of imported animal hides and skins.
The national food and drug regulator, Nafdac, claimed they were intercepted on suspicion that they had already been processed with chemicals for use in the leather industry but were being sold as food.
Cow hides are prepared as a renowned Nigerian delicacy known as “ponmo.”
It is currently unknown from which nations they were imported.
According to Nafdac, seven individuals have been apprehended.
It added that the raids on warehouses were carried out following “several complaints” by members of the public regarding the distribution and sale of such products it described as dangerous.