Alleged Poisonous Meat: KWSG Buries Confiscated Meat



... preliminary investigation reveals grazing on contaminated grasses

The Kwara State Government yesterdat buried all confiscated meat from the alleged poisonous animals slaughtered for public consumption around the Kwara State College of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies (CAILS) in Ilorin.

This follows several measures already put in place to prevent people from consuming the suspected meat from the alleged poisonous animals in the state.

In a statement released by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs. Funke Sokoya recalled that the State Government through the collaborative efforts of the Ministries of Agriculture, Health, Environment, and the State Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with other concerned stakeholders including the Iyaloja of Mandate Market, all agreed to suspend slaughtering activities for three consecutive days beginning from yesterday (Monday), to allow for proper fumigation of the slaughter slab against any residual effect.

Meanwhile, a preliminary investigation on the incident shows that the cause of the ugly incident was as a result of grazing on contaminated grasses around the area.

According to the statement, the Ministry of Agriculture would intensify its surveillance at different abattoirs in the state, especially the private and government abattoirs.

In his submission, the Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Olugbon Abdullateef Saliman said, "Private slaughter slabs as it is going, will have to reduce their number to the level that the Ministry could manage. Any slaughter slab that the meat is not inspected will not be allowed to go out. If the slaughter slab is not following our standard will be closed down, and those closed down will be directed to the government slaughter slabs, any private slaughter slab that is close to the government slab will be directed to go and slaughter at the government slaughter slabs. By this standard, we will be able to monitor what they slaughter and give to the populace", the statement added.

Oladipo Temple Olushola 
Asst. Press Secretary 
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

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