Three food vendors have been arrested by members of the Bayelsa State Vigilante Network for allegedly cooking, preparing vultures and dead donkeys and selling them as chicken meat to the public at Tombia market Etegwe, Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
The women who identified themselves as Doris, Finegirl, and Beauty, confessed to selling vulture meat and carcasses of donkeys to unsuspecting buyers, adding that they imported the meats from neighbouring states and sell at cheap prices to buyers, mostly those who own restaurants, bars and canteens.
The women, all from Ughelli community, in Delta State were subsequently handed over to men of the Akenfa Division, Bayelsa Police command.
Speaking with reporters during a parade of the suspects, the Yenagoa coordinator of the Vigilante Network, Comrade Bunas Samuel, advised all Bayelsans to be careful on what they consumed and called on NAFDAC to live up to its responsibility by checkmating the activities of food hawkers.
According to Samuel, the patrol team observed suspicious movement at the slaughter place, and trailed it.
To our greatest imagination, we saw about thirty dead vultures, all prepared to be placed inside a hot pot of boiling water, we called the attention of the police and handed the suspect over to them, before then, they confessed to us, that, they use dead meat bones to attract the vultures and then use chemicals to kill them, and they have been in this business for years, selling them to the public.