Jameel Zakari, Nasarawa commissioner for agriculture and natural resources, says some butchers in the state sell meat of sick and dead animals.
He told NAN on Thursday that his ministry discovered the “unwholesome practice”, saying any butcher caught in the act will be sanctioned.
“The ministry of agriculture is working with security agencies to ensure that all those perpetrating this act are arrested and brought to justice in order to safeguard the health of the people,” he said.
“We recently busted some of them in the act and discovered that they often slaughter sick or even dead animals between 12 midnight and 3 a.m., which they bring to the market.
“That is why you will notice that some of the meats you buy from the market are often tasteless.”
He said about 60 percent of diseases affecting humans are animal-related, hence the need to check the excesses of the butchers in order to safeguard people from health hazards.
He said the ministry recently issued a warning to fishermen using chemicals while fishing.
He said the practice is endangering the fish species, as most of them are not being allowed to grow to maturity.