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Lagos task force raids Agege ram market over ‘indiscriminate display’ of animals

Lagos task force raids Agege ram market over ‘indiscriminate display’ of animals

The Lagos state task force on Monday raided the ram market at Agege over an “indiscriminate and illegal” display of animals.

Shola Jejeloye, the chairman of the agency, led the operation, which was carried out with officials of the ministry of agriculture.

During the exercise, dozens of animals were taken from the market to the Lagos state abattoir for “proper livestock health verification and husbandry”.

In a statement released by Gbadeyan Abdulraheem, the spokesperson of the task force, Jejeloye said the activities of the animal traders were “unhygienic and dangerous” not only to buyers but also to commuters and vehicle operators along the axis.

“From this location, it is clear that these animals have not been properly barricaded from the road; therefore, it is very easy for one ram to lose control and jump onto the road, which could lead to an accident,” the statement reads.

On her part, Kofoworola Oloritun, head of enforcement and compliance at the Lagos ministry of environment, said the roadside traders have violated environmental and agricultural laws in several ways.

Oloritun said an animal ought to have been inspected and certified healthy before being displayed for sale in the state.

She added that appropriate fines would be issued to the traders before handing over the animals to them.

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