By Daniel Tyokua
As this year’s Eid-Kabir draws near, the official of FCT Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation have warned those that operate illegal ram markets to steer clear of the territory.
Chairman of the FCT Ministerial Committee, Mr. Ikharo Attah, during a raid on an illegal market within Dutsen-Alhaji at the weekend, said ram sellers who violate the directive will face the full wrath of the law.
He explained that the Administration will be seeking forfeiture orders against offenders in the court.
Attah who pointed out that the Administration had sacked the market in the past, warned that rams found in illegal markets will be confiscated and owners prosecuted in courts.
“We want to get the ram selling very organised but we found out that people appear not to be willing to sell rams in a organised manner, we have given them points where they can sell rams so that those who want to buy will do so and sacrifice to Allah in line with the teachings of Islam, but to our utmost shock, some persons just want to do what they like and they went to Dutse Alhaji, round the Public Service institute to create a ram market which we had sacked in 2019.
“What we did today, we saw that the rams came and we rushed there but before we got there they had evacuated the rams and ran away. We want to insist that everyone who wants to sell rams in this city must do that in only designated areas. We have the Dei-Dei ram market, the Kugbo ram market and all the abattoirs in Abuja which also have their ram markets”.
He therefore warned that, “We will be confiscating rams that people bring and sell on unapproved areas and we will be taking them to court, praying the judges to grant us forfeiture order and when we get these orders we will give all the rams we seized to the orphanages and less privilege people to use for their Sallah celebrations.”