Butchers protest members’ arrest

Commercial activities at the popular
abattoir in Agege area of Lagos State were,
yesterday, disrupted following protest by some
butchers over the arrest of 10 of their members
by the police.

The butchers who came out in their numbers,
displayed placards and chanted anti government songs to register their grouse over the new scheme by the state government, over the new Eko Meat Van scheme, which they claimed was not in their interest. Unconfirmed report said several persons sustained varying degrees of injuries in the process.

Contacted, Deputy Police Public Relations
Officer of the State Police Command, Damasus
Ozoani, described the report as untrue, saying
policemen were able to curtail the matter.
Ozoani, an Assistant Superintendent of Police,
added that the police were able to quell the
protest and restore peace.

He explained that “Some disgruntled butchers
took to the street to protest the new Eko meat
selling van that replaced the old ones they were
“Although the new ones are equipped with all
the modern day instrument used in meat
butchering and haulage, the disgruntled ones
stopped the vehicle from going out to their
various destinations today (yesterday).
“When the information filtered in, the Agege
Police Division promptly deployed some of its
operatives to the area and they were able to
disperse the protesters.

“We have policemen on ground there at the
moment pending the outcome of the meeting
between the stakeholders and the aggrieved
persons. We hope all the differences will be
sorted out.”

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