Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Borno command, 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.”
Mr. Abdullahi however, 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 residents to be watchful and wary of patronizing road side meat sellers.
Meanwhile, as the world marks world blood donor day today, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has stressed the need for constant voluntary blood donation to save lives and contribute to healthy and reliable blood supply system. The organization said the framework is designed to provide guidance and support to countries seeking to establish effective voluntary blood donor programmes, phase out family/replacement blood donation and eliminate paid donation.
WHO said in a statement:
“The vision embodied in this framework is the achievement of 100 per cent voluntary non-remunerated blood donation in every country of the world. It is based on the recognition that voluntary non-remunerated blood donors are the foundation of a safe, sustainable blood supply.’’
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They, therefore, called on stakeholders to raise awareness on the need to donate blood voluntarily as the world celebrates another edition of World Donor Day.