Cattle Dealers Threaten To Starve Lagos Of Beef
They watched helplessly as some parts of their abattoir in Agege were demolished by the Lagos state government.
They thought they had an understanding with state government but were shocked to see they were on a different page.
Apparently angered by the action, the cattle dealers and butchers have threatened to stop bringing cattle to Lagos.
The dealers said the state government will have to compensate them before they rescind their decision.
Under the aegis of the Cattle Dealers Association of Nigeria, United Butchers Association and the Myetti Allah Cow Dealers Association of Nigeria; the groups accused state agencies of reneging on an earlier agreement on the modalities for the demolition.
The Seriki Fulani and leader of the market, 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.
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, Bashiru Alamin, said over 24 toilets were demolished, which cost N20 million to construct.
The Chairman of the United Butchers Association, Umar Adam, called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to intervene and save the traders from those who were bent on ruining them.