The Borno command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) said on Tuesday that it had arrested four butchers for allegedly selling the meat of dead animals to Maiduguri residents.
State Commandant of Corps, Mr Ibrahim Abdullahi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the suspects, who had confessed to committing the crime, were arrested at the Murtala Square area in the state capital.
“The culprits have been selling dead livestock to innocent unsuspecting people.
“They normally go around and pick dead animals from the outskirt of the town and sell same to the public.
“Some of these animals died from tuberculosis, bacterial pneumonia or even brucellosis, which can pose dangerous health challenges when consumed.
“Even if you have the license to operate in an abattoir, the veterinary doctors must ascertain that the animals are safe for human consumption.
Abdullahi said that when the chairman of the butchers association in Borno was contacted he said none of the culprits was a registered member of his association.
He therefore advised people to be vigilant and wary of patronizing road side meat sellers. (NAN)