Written by Austine ELEMUE

Ohaa warns against ‘unholy’ practices in abattoirs

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Sir Christian Ohaa, has warned against vices such as illegal drug peddling, prostitution and other criminal activities in Karu and other abattoirs in the territory. 

He said the administration was concerned with activities that would ensure sanity and make the territory stand out as a nation's capital in the eyes of Nigerians and foreigners at all times. 

Ohaa stated this at the weekend, when he led other senior officials of FCT Administration to inspect the abattoir in Karu under Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, warning that the administration may be forced to take the extreme measure of shutting down the facility if such illegalities were not stopped. 

He noted that the FCT Administration was disturbed by a newspaper report about the brazen sale of illegal drugs and prostitution in the abattoir, urged the managers of the abattoir to rid of all forms of criminalities in order to avoid severe consequences. 

According to him, the FCT Administration was not going to accept acts of drugs and other crimes in any abattoir.  

"We were alarmed by a newspaper report that Karu abattoir is where evil is permissible. So I have to come with other senior officials of the FCTA to inspect the place and ascertain the reality of that report. But as we hear from the butchers, it is not as reported. 

"This place is very clean and they are doing their normal business. The issue of drugs and prostitution, the administration will take further action on that, based on the report available to us. We are going to work with security agencies and make sure that we raid this place with all kind of crimes. 

“The essence of coming here is to make sure we discuss with you and you will help us to eradicate those who are selling illegal drugs, those who are encouraging prostitution and those who are also encouraging other vices. If you don’t want to do that and we get another disturbing information about the evils, we are going to close this place. 

“We also think that what is happening here is happening in other abattoirs in the FCT. We are not going to take it kindly with anybody who is not willing to do business as the law prescribes”, he said.

On his part, the chairman of Karu abattoir, Malam Magaji Kata, confirmed that there was no crime inside the abattoir. 

 

"Inside this abattoir there is no problem, the challenge we have around this place is from people that come in from neighbouring states with drugs. But we have been doing our best," he stated. 

 

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12 November 2019