I sold 6,000 dead birds in 5 years in Borno – suspect admits (photo)
A Nigerian man who has been selling dead meat for 5 years was captured by security officials in Borno. Hassan Ebere, 33, confessed that he sold 6,000 dead birds to Maiduguri residents over five years to raise funds for his livelihood since he lost his father.
Ebere made the revelation while speaking to the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) after being paraded by the Borno Command of the Nigeria Civil Security and Protection Corps (NSCDC) on Wednesday. “I usually go to the Ngadabul River, behind the Borno Radio Television (BRTV) complex, to collect the carcasses that have been discarded from the poultry farms.
“So every week I pick at least ten or more and then process them and sell them to unsuspecting customers.” My market base is usually the Baga Fish Market, where I sell foods such as bushmeat, Monday market, suya-joint and a few select restaurants in the metropolis. “Usually products are under the N700, N800.
But if a few days have passed, I take them to local breweries in the back of the Ngomari department and sell them for £ 250. ” He said. Ebere said that the devil pushed him into such heinous activities, and asked for forgiveness. Speaking, NSCDC Borno commander Abdullahi Ibrahim said the suspect was arrested while processing meat behind the BRTV complex on January 2, 2021.
Ibrahim said command received intelligence reports of the nefarious activities before taking action to arrest him, adding that the arrest of the suspect stopped what was a serious public health hazard.
He called on the Department of the Environment and the National Agency for Food, Administration and Drug Control (NAFDAC) to combat the spread of these unhealthy foods to keep people safe and healthy. For his part, the NAFDAC State Coordinator Mr. Nasiru Matou said that the consequences of such an action are the threat he poses to public safety.
“The poultry carcass must have died from one or two infectious diseases that could easily be transmitted to humans.” So it can be very destructive and dangerous for consumers. There are severe penalties for anyone engaging in this type of unhealthy activity. “Therefore, we urge the general public when buying live chickens to ensure that they either slaughter them themselves or kill them in front of them.
They also need to make sure the chicks are certified by a registered veterinarian to ensure public safety. ” He said.