Abattoir demolition: Trouble as dealers threaten to stop bringing cattle to Lagos
Cattle dealers, butchers and other stakeholders at the Oko-Oba Abattoir in Agege, Lagos State, have threatened to ensure that no cattle were brought to Lagos State until the state government compensate them for the Sunday demolition at the abattoir.
The stakeholders, under the aegis of Cattle Dealers Association of Nigeria, United Butchers Association and the Myetti Allah Cow Dealers Association of Nigeria, also accused the government of reneging on an earlier agreement on the modalities for the demolition of shanties at the market.
The Seriki Fulani and leader of the market, Alhaji Bello Dan-Mubaffa, on Tuesday told journalists that he was surprised that the state government went beyond the agreement they had and demolished public toilets and mosques, which were inspected and approved by the government.
Dan-Mubaffa said, “We thought we were at peace with the government. We give the Ministry of Agriculture daily reports. We had more than six meetings on how this demolition should be carried out.
“But the Sunday demolition has shown that it is either the government has no regard for us or it detests northerners, who are in the majority at this abattoir.
“We have decided that until the government compensates us, no cattle into Lagos from the North.”
The Assistant Secretary of the Cattle Dealers Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Bashiru Alamin, said over 24 toilets were demolished, which cost N20m to construct.
The Chairman of the United Butchers Association, Alhaji Umar Adam, called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to intervene and save the traders from those who were bent on ruining them.Punch