By Salim Yunusa
Hassan Ebere, a 33-year-old suspect, has revealed how he sold 6,000 dead poultry to residents of Maiduguri for five years so as to raise money for his livelihood since he lost his father.
Ebere said this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), after being paraded by the Borno Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC), on Wednesday.
“I usually go to the Ngadabul river, behind Borno Radio Television (BRTV) complex, to pick these carcasses of poultry that are thrown away from poultry farms.
“So every week, I pick at least ten or even more than that, then process it and take it to sell to unsuspecting customers.
“My market base are usually Baga fish market, where I sell some of them as bush meat, Monday market, suya joints and some selected restaurants within the metropolis.
Ebere said he was pushed by the devil to engage in such nefarious activities, and begged for forgiveness.
Speaking, the Borno Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr Abdullahi Ibrahim said that the command got intelligence reports about the criminal act before swinging into action to apprehend him, adding that the arrest of the suspect had stopped what had been a serious health hazard to the people.