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Why we seize donkey skin in Nigeria – FG

Why we seize donkey skin in Nigeria
Cooked donkey skin seller, Delta State

The Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Services, an arm of  Federal Ministry of Agriculture, has disclosed the reason behind invasion of donkey skin processing camps across the country and seizure of donkey skin from owners.

The agency’s director, Dr. Olusegun Awoniyi said the federal government has announced the killing of donkey and trading on its skin an offensive act.

Reason why FG seize donkey skin in Nigeria

According to him, the government made this policy to ensure that these animals which he referred to as “work animals,” do not go into extinction.

Awoniyi said;

“Apart from Nigeria, several countries have imposed a ban on donkey killing and skin trade, Nigeria has however, received many mails from different countries discouraging the killing and trading of donkeys on its skin or meat”.

This was announced by Dr. Awoniyi following an alleged invasion of the Dried Meat Preservers Association of Nigeria’s donkey processing camps, DMPAN, and the seizure of over 2000 processed donkey skin worth more than 80 million naira across the country.

In a press conference in Onitsha, leaders of the association from Anambra, Sokoto, Gombe, Kaduna, Bornu, Oyo States and other parts of the federation asked the federal government to justify the invasion and seizure of their donkey skin processing camps.

Mr. Ikechukwu Aniude, the association’s spokesman and chairman of the Onitsha chapter, alleged that other groups of people tried to hijack their corporation through Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Services.

“Aside from the invasion of our camps by Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Services, virtually all security agencies are now active in seizing our goods and extorting money from our leaders across the country.

“Rara, Mahuta, Fakai Local Government Area of Kebbi State are some of the locations our products were seized.

On 26 June 2020, 1600 pieces of donkey skin got seized from two of our leaders and brought to the Mahuta Koko Zuru Divisional Police Station in Kebbi State and two of our members, Hope Abumen and Christian Nwanya, were detained for three days because they pursued them to find out where their products were heading to.

“Other places where our goods got seized include Kaduna, Bornu, Sokoto and Oyo State, while security agents extorted money from us from Sokoto to Nsukka Enugu State.”

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