Three food vendors have been apprehended by members of the Bayelsa State Vigilante Network for allegedly cooking, preparing vultures and dead donkeys and selling them as chicken meat to the general public at the Tombia market Etegwe, Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State.
They were handed over to men of the Akenfa Division, Bayelsa Police command.
The food vendors who identified themselves as Doris, Finegirl, and Beauty, said they hail from Ughelli community, in Delta State.
The women, who confessed to selling vulture meat and carcasses of donkeys to unsuspecting buyers, added that they imported the meats from neighbouring states into the state and sell at cheap and affordable prices to buyers, mostly those who own restaurants, bars and canteens.
Speaking with reporters during a parade of the suspects, the Yenagoa coordinator of the Vigilante Network, Comrade Bunas Samuel, advised all Bayelsans to be on alert and be careful on what they consumed.
He called on NAFDAC to live up to its responsibility and checkmate 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,” he said.