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4 women nabbed for selling donkey meat in Edo


Four women were arrested yesterday in Benin City for selling donkey meat to unsuspecti­ng buyers at the New Benin Market in Edo State.

Permanent Secretary, Edo State Ministry of Agricultur­e and Natural Resources, Mr. Peter Aikhuomobh­ogbe, who led the team to effect the arrest, said the team was alerted that some persons were engaged in the sales of the meat despite its prohibitio­n in the state.

“This is an issue of food safety. In Edo State, donkey meat is not approved as one of the meats that we consume but our people still indulge in it. We will take all necessary steps to ensure that we eradicate its consumptio­n in Edo State.

“We will continue to ensure that we pursue those involved in the business so that we will bring them to justice because it is not right for us to provide food that is not healthy for our people.”

Also speaking, Assistant

Director, Department of Veterinary Public Health and Medical Services, Ministry of Agricultur­e and Natural Resources, Dr. Peter Osagie, said Donkey meat is not part of the meat legislated for human consumptio­n in the state.

“Some of these animals being processed for human consumptio­n have not undergone any form of inspection. Any animal that has not been inspected before being presented for human consumptio­n is considered unsafe.”

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