The arrest of 10 of butchers by the police yesterday disrupted commercial activities at the popular abattoir in Agege area of Lagos State as butchers came out in their numbers to protest.
The butchers displayed placards and chanted anti-government songs to let the government know of their displeasure over the new Eko Meat Van scheme, which they claimed was not in their best interests.
Deputy Police Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Police Command, Damasus Ozoani who confirmed the incident said policemen were able to curtail the matter, citing as false, reports in some quarters that several person sustained injuries.
“Some disgruntled butchers took to the street to protest the new Eko meat selling van that replaced the old ones they were driving.
“Although the new ones are equipped with all the modern day instrument used in meat butchering and haulage, the disgruntled ones stopped the vehicle from going out to their various destinations today (yesterday).
“When the information filtered in, the Agege Police Division promptly deployed some of its operatives to the area and they were able to disperse the protesters.
“We have policemen on ground there at the moment pending the outcome of the meeting between the stakeholders and the aggrieved persons. We hope all the differences will be sorted out,” Ozoani said.