The Kogi State government has banned the sale of beef in Lokoja and its environs following the death of over 20 cows in strange circumstances in the state.
The state commissioner for Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo who announced the ban in a statement disclosed that the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has ordered both security and scientific probe of what led to the death of the cows that died while grazing on the premises of the state Polytechnic, Lokoja, on Thursday.
Fanwo said, “We wish to inform the people of the state, some of the proactive measures taken by government to find out the cause of the death of those cows and to also ensure their beefs do not find their way into our markets.
“There have been a coordinated security and scientific investigations into the death of the cows. The investigations are being handled by security agencies through the office of the State Security Adviser, as well as veterinary doctors in the ministries of agriculture and environment.
“Security agencies and the affected government ministries and departments have been mandated to form strong institutional walls that will stop the beefs from getting into the market as it is detrimental to health.
“The Kogi state government has also placed a ban on the sale of beef in Lokoja and its environs for the next 48 hours.
“The state government has committed to briefing members of the public on findings about the incident. We also urge our people to volunteer intelligence that will help us unravel the mystery behind the death of those cows.”