Lagos State government has begun a clampdown on illegal abattoirs as the officials stormed some abbatoirs on Thursday.
The State government mobilised men of the re-inaugurated Monitoring, Enforcement, and Compliance Team dislodged an illegal slaughter slab at Oke Rube, Ikotun, Alimosho Local government in furtherance of the sanitization of the red meat value chain.
The team impounded a cow and some of the butchered meat from the illegal slab and also arrested the operators of the illegal slab.
Reacting to the incidence, the state acting Commissioner for Agriculture, Abisola Olusanya,
“The dismantling of the abattoir is necessary because the state is concerned about the production of wholesome and healthy meat for the citizens as well as ensure that the streets are free of stray animals, which has lately become more rampant in the state.
She noted that meat transportation would be enforced, using only the designated vehicles and stray animals control’.
The Commissioner said the meat would meat will be donated to charity while the live cows would be kept at the Oko-Oba abattoir, Agege.
She said owners must come to claim their cows within 48 hours or they would also be donated to charity.
She added that the arrested butchers would be prosecuted at the Lagos State taskforce mobile court.