Lagos Taskforce Raids Agege Ram Market, Evacuates Livestock

Lagos State Taskforce, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, evacuates dozens of livestock from Agege Ram Market for health verification due to environmental and agricultural law violations. The taskforce cites unhygienic and dangerous conditions, and operators will face fines and potential livestock seizure.

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Lagos Taskforce Raids Agege Ram Market, Evacuates Livestock

Lagos Taskforce Raids Agege Ram Market, Evacuates Livestock

The Lagos State Taskforce, in collaboration with the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture, has carried out an enforcement exercise at Agege Ram Market, evacuating dozens of livestock for health verification and citing environmental and agricultural law violations.

The exercise, led by Chairman of the Agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye, and Head of Monitoring Enforcement and Compliance, Lagos State Ministry of Environment, Dr. Kofoworola Oloritun, saw dozens of livestock evacuated from the illegal market and taken to the Lagos State Abbatoir market for proper health verification and husbandry. The taskforce described the activities of the animal traders as "unhygienic and dangerous" not only to sellers and buyers but also to commuters and vehicle operators along the axis.

Why this matters: The crackdown on illegal livestock markets is crucial for maintaining public health and safety, as unregulated animal trade can lead to the spread of diseases. Furthermore, the enforcement of environmental and agricultural laws can help prevent accidents and ensure a cleaner environment for residents.

"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," stated CSP Shola Jejeloye. Dr. Kofoworola Oloritun added, "We have issued warnings to these operators severally, but they fell on deaf ears. The animals evacuated from the illegal market will be properly analyzed here at the abbatoir before having a stakeholders meeting with their owners and enlightening them on the need to adhere to the laid-down laws regarding the sale of livestock."

Appropriate fines will be issued to the operators of the illegal markets before handing over the livestock back to them. Any operators caught endangering the lives of Lagosians through their selfish business activities will have their livestock seized and forfeited to the State Government.

Residents and consumers are advised to ensure that they purchase their livestock from certified dealers to avoid consumables that could lead to health issues in the future. The crackdown on the illegal livestock market at Agege Ram Market underscores the Lagos State Government's commitment to upholding environmental and agricultural laws to safeguard public health and safety.

Key Takeaways

  • Lagos Taskforce evacuates dozens of livestock from Agege Ram Market for health verification.
  • Market operators cited for environmental and agricultural law violations.
  • Unregulated animal trade poses health risks to sellers, buyers, and commuters.
  • Fines to be issued to operators; repeat offenders risk livestock seizure.
  • Residents advised to buy from certified dealers to avoid health issues.