Four nabbed in Edo for selling donkey meat
• Man beats wife to death for denying him sex
Four women were arrested yesterday in Benin City for selling donkey meat, known as ‘jaki,’ to unsuspecting buyers at the New Benin Market in Edo State.
Permanent Secretary, Edo State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr. Peter Aikhuomobhogbe, who led the team to effect the arrest, said the team was alerted that some persons were engaged in the sale of the meat despite its prohibition in the state.
He said: “This is an issue of food safety. In Edo State, donkey meat is not approved as one of the meats that we consume, but our people still indulge in it. We will take all necessary steps to ensure we eradicate its consumption in Edo State.
“We will continue to ensure that we pursue those involved in the business so that we will bring them to justice because it is not right for us to provide food that is not healthy for our people.”
Commenting on the development, Assistant Director, Department of Veterinary Public Health and Medical Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Peter Osagie, said: “Donkey meat is not part of the meat legislated for human consumption in Edo State. They do this business under the cover of darkness and secrecy.
“Some of these animals being processed for human consumption have not undergone any form of inspection. Any animal that has not been inspected before being presented for human consumption is considered unsafe.”
Also, the chairman, Association of Edo State Practising Butchers, Comrade Akhere Odijie, disclosed that the donkeys were brought into Benin City from Agbor in Delta State.
“The donkey meat has not been in the market in Edo State for a very long time, but information got to us this morning that they brought the meat into the city at about 4:00 a.m. We swung into action and were able to confiscate this large quantity of donkey meat,” he said.
MEANWHILE, a middle-aged-man, Emmanuel Asemota, has been arrested by the police in Edo for allegedly beating his wife to death for denying him sex.
The incident was said to have happened on June 27 at No.1 Ogiedegue Street, off Ason Bus Stop, Evbuotubu area of Benin City, Edo State.
The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Bello Kontong, who confirmed the incident, said the case had been transferred to the state command from Evbuotubu Divisional Police Office, where the matter was first reported.
Kontongs said the 50-year-old victim was Victoria Asemota, adding that she had two children aged 19 and 15 for the man she got married to in 2002.
Kontongs said: “The man was said to have demanded sex from the deceased wife around 11 p.m. of June 27th and upon her refusal, he beat her up and in the process, inflicted her with injury.
“She was rushed to four hospitals, three rejected her but the fourth one referred her to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) where she died on July 7 as a result of complications from the injury.
“The man is currently in our custody and will be charged to court for murder.”
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