The Lagos State Police Command says it has discovered an illegal brewery at Egbe-Afa in Igbogbo area of Ikorodu, Lagos State, while five suspects have been arrested.
Edgal Imohimi, The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, made this known on Wednesday.
The illegal brewery was producing Malt drinks, stout and ethanol which they pumped into trucks to bottle at another location.
Imohimi said that the suspects would be subjected to be interrogated to know where the beverages (drinks) were packaged and sold.
He said that the unlawful bottling works (brewery) would be fixed and tests of the beverages would be sent to the laboratory for test.
The police boss ascribed the disclosure of the illicit bottling works to the endeavors of group policing and organization.
As per him, the general population of Lagos are indicating expanding trust in the police.
Imohimi asked inhabitants to know their neighbors, saying that carefulness was the best way to have a wrongdoing free society.
“This success story of the police is an evidence that community policing and partnership is working in the state.
“This is an illegal distillery where malt, stout and ethanol are being produced in an unhygienic environment thereby feeding poison to the people.
“You will recall that a fake wine factory was also discovered at Mushin recently. This is as a result of vigilance. I encourage the people to do more.
“This is an information which should have got to the police earlier, but I commend the people for sharing this information with the police.
“People must be deeply involved in crime fighting and this can only be done if we are vigilant.
“Lagosians can only give credible information to the people when they are healthy; so I will encourage you to say something when you see something,” he said.
The illegal brewery has more than 1,000 drums of brewed malt and 100 tanks where the drinks are pumped before supplying tankers.
A building where operational items of the suspects were kept was also located close to the illegal brewery.