It is no news to the indigenes of Edo state that the purchase and sale of donkey meat in the state are largely prohibited.
But you know what they say about ” Where there is no rule, there is no sin” . Officials of the Edo State Government have apprehended four women for selling donkey meats to unsuspecting buyers in the state. The women were reportedly arrested by a team led by Mr, Peter Aikhuomobhogbe, the Permanent Secretary, Edo State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the New Benin Market.
According to Aikhuomobhogbe, the state government had banned the sale and consumption of donkey meat better known as Jaki in the state, saying it is ‘ not healthy for our people. ‘
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 that 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. ” Speaking on the prohibition of donkey meat in the state, Dr Peter Osagie, the Assistant Director, Department of Veterinary Public Health and Medical Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources 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. ” The Chairman, Association of Edo State Practicing Butchers, Comr. Adhere Odijie maintained that donkey meats are being brought into Benin City from Agbor in Delta State.