By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
The Butchers Stakeholders Forum has condemned in strong terms a media report which says human parts are on sale in Oko-Oba Abattoir in Lagos.
The media report, according to the stakeholders, also alleged that underage prostitution takes place in the market.
A Lagos based national daily had in its Monday edition reported that human parts are being sold in the market and the perpetration of underage prostitution.
While debunking the report at a joint press conference by the Stakeholders Wednesday, chairman of United Butchers Association(UBA) Alhaji Umar Adam described it as a high level of unprofessional and rascal journalism on the part of the author.
Adam, who was fuming with anger said the report was a calculated attempt to disparage the butchers, tanish their image and damage their reputation.
Adding that the report is capable of setting the butchers against the consuming public from patronising the market, the UBA chairman vowed that all efforts will be made to unravel those behind the offensive report.
He vowed that legal action will be taken against the media organisation with a view to cleanse the damage done to the image of the Abattoir.
His words, ” This press conference is.meant to react to a publication in the New Telegraphy of Monday edition which reported that human part is on sale here. That report is evil and very painful, it was meant to tarnish out image and present us as evil before our customers. We are doing a lawful business as allowed by the constitution of Nigeria.
We are going to get to the root of the matter and those behind it especially the writer of the story. We are going to take a legal action against the media house.
Adam, who however confessed to the on going of prostitution activities within the vicinity, said it takes along the railway line track behind the Abattoir.
He said the act had been reported by his group severally to the state government without any move to check mate it.
Also speaking at the occasion, chairman Caretaker Committee, Lagos State Butchers Association, Alhaji Malomo Yusuf said the report has done a great damage to the image of the market.
He implored journalists to always verify reports before publication to ascertain the truth and desist from publishing negative report on the Abattoir.
In his own contribution. Secretary of the Butchers Stakeholders Forum Alhaji Adamu Sadiq disclosed that the Abattoir is assigned 30 Veterinary officers from the Lagos State Ministry Health.
Sadiq, who queried how such an evil dealings would take place in the Abattoir, asserted that the report is not only a damage to the image of the market but a dent to the image and competence of the vetenary officers.