Lagos - The Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences on Sunday said it had arrested three butchers for attempting to sell unwholesome meat to the public.
Chairman of the Task Force, Bayo Sulaiman, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the butchers were arrested on Friday during a raid on an illegal slaughter slab.
He said that the men were apprehended,after slaughtering tuberculosis-infected cows and were preparing to sell the meat.
"During our raid of illegal slaughter slabs in Ajelogo, Ajegunle and Alapere areas of Lagos on Friday, we arrested three butchers in one of the slabs with tuberculosis- infected animals they had slaughtered.
"There were so many of them, but the others fled on seeing my men.We apprehended the three and seized the animals, after confirmation by experts that the meat was infected with tuberculosis.
"There were some strange, yellowish nodes all over the animals and God knows how many families would have consumed the unwholesome meat if we had not intervened.
"The action of these three men clearly constitutes a danger to public health and we have since charged them to court for appropriate actions," he said.
"I urge members of the public not to patronise illegal slaughter slabs, but patronise any of the 20 accredited abattoirs in the state," he advised.
Commenting on the incident, Nuraini Olawunmi, the Special Adviser to Gov. Babatunde Fashola on Agriculture, described the arrest as a positive development, advising the people to be cautious of where they bought meat.
"A typical tuberculosis- infected meat will be coloured, mostly characterised by yellowish lymph nodes. This is not normal.
"Lagosians should be careful with the kind of meat they buy. They should examine it carefully and ensure it appears normal.
"Most important, they should patronise the approved slaps as meat in those places are inspected by experts and certified safe for consumption, " he said.