The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Friday arrested two employees in charge of a cold room at Garki International Market Abuja for allegedly selling rotten chicken to consumers.
Kaka Bello, the head of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), who was accompanied by security police and board workers said the report came from the market management and the Public Complaints Commission.
His words : “We are here base on the report we received from the market management and the public complaints commission. We have been going round to talk about environmental issues generally, but today we are here to talk about environmental health issues.
“The board received an information of stock pilled chicken and meat which has already decayed and unfortunately those operating the cold room are selling them to the public, and is not good for human consumption, before we came in here, the meat has been evacuated, according to the people we saw operating the cold room.
“So, we have taken the two persons operating the cold room into custody for more findings to make sure that the rotten meat is not transported to another place for sale. According to them, We want to know where it has been evacuated to, if they destroy it we want to see where it was done. We want to be sure that is not transported to other markets for sale.
“This is for the public to know that such act is not allowed in the Federal Capital Territory, basically we know that they have been selling these things before the market management and Public Complaints commission get to know about it and alerted us.
“We are going to charge them to court after necessary investigations are concluded, and they will pay for their sins. People cannot come to market to buy what to eat for their good health, and buy rotten items. This is unacceptable” he said.
Bello further stated that the board would come down hard on any one found selling or involved in unwholesome meat activities.