Abattoirs continue operations in South-West states

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Herdsmen and key stakeholders  of abattoirs in the South West Zone and Kwara may have shunned a call by their counterparts in Enugu to close shop and embark on a sensitisation on security in host communities.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), abattoirs in states in the South West Zone and Kwara remained open with butchers and their patrons engaging in business transactions.

Abattoirs in Enugu State were on Wednesday closed down for business in compliance with a directive by the Enugu State Amalgamated Market Traders Association (ESAMATA) and Enugu State Butchers Association (ESBA).

At the Ibadan Central Abattoir located at Amosun village in Akinyele Local Government Area reports, normal daily activities were ongoing at the facility.

Although members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) , who reported gave the directive could not be reached, Lateef Oladosu, the Secretary, Ibadan Central Abattoir, said there was no such directive in the state.

“I just left the abattoir now and people are there performing their daily activities. I do not know of any stay at-home directive from anyone to our members,” he said.

A group of Fulani herdsmen was planning a press conference in Ibadan although it was unclear whether it would be speaking for MACBAN.

Normal business

In Osun, Alhaji Oluwatoyin Suleiman, the Chairman of Gan Fulani Development Association in Osun, also said that no directive had been issued to herdsmen in the state.

Suleiman, however, said herdsmen would hold a meeting on today (Saturday) to take a decision on how and when to hold a security sensitisation programme in the state.

The abbatoirs, opened for business on Thursday and Friday morning.

In Ondo State, the only MACBAN controlled abattoir in Ondo State in Shasha Market, Akure, witnessed full operation as at the time NAN correspondent visited the market.

No official of the association was around to respond to any questions but cows were being slaughtered while customers were already buying from meat sellers.

At Lafenwa abattoir in Abeokuta, Ogun state,  slaughtering activities were ongoing as usual while customers were also making purchases.

In Kwara, a visit to the Sola Saraki Ultra-Modern Abattoir in Ilorin, revealed that normal business activities were ongoing.

Efforts to speak with the leadership of the butchers association at the market proved abortive, although a butcher, Akeem Ibrahim, said that no such directive was issued in the state.