The Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Edo State, Mr. Stephen Idenhere, on Friday directed the closure of the state-owned Kara Abattoir in Eyaen, Uhunmwode Local Government Area of the state.
During an unscheduled visit to the abattoir, Idehenre described the state of the place as an eyesore, adding that the meat from the facility was unhealthy for consumption.
Idehenre, who was furious with the management for the poor handling of the abattoir, directed that the abattoir should be sealed up immediately until the issues were properly addressed.
The commissioner added that anyone who flouted the order would be arrested and prosecuted.
According to him, the ministry has written severally to the management of the abattoir but alleged that they disregarded the warnings.
“We must stop this emerging epidemic; it is clear that the meat from this place is unfit for human consumption.
“We cannot tolerate this. They must understand that there is a government in the state.
From today, this place can no longer operate, until it is in a better state,” he added.