By Esther Onyegbula
BUTCHERS at the Oko Oba Abattoir in Agege, Lagos, have denied insinuations of alleged sale of human parts and child prostitution by members in the market, pleading with members of the public to discountenance such.
Various associations of butchers in the market insisted the report published by a national daily was a handiwork of mischief makers doing everything to take over the management of the market.
It will be recalled that a national daily reported that the Lagos State governor might soon shut down the Oko Oba abattoir indefinitely following alleged discovery by government officials of illegal activities of child prostitution, sale of human parts and other vices within the market.
But during a briefing, Chairman of Lagos Butchers Association, Alhaji Malomo Baki Yusuf, argued that the report was replete with mischief meant to pit the state government against the butchers.
He said: “We are law-abiding citizens and go about our businesses legitimately. We have never been involved in the sale of human parts nor engaged in child prostitution. We welcome the state government’s plan to demolish all illegal shanties within the market.
“We also approve the state government’s move to upgrade the standard of the market. The move is aimed at enhancing our business. We have set up a committee to interface with the state government on this issue since the writer of the report said he got his information from the state government.
“The committee has also been charged to take up legal action against the author of the satanic story and to expose sponsors of the report, which is aimed at tarnishing our image.”