The Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Services, an arm of Federal Ministry of Agriculture, has explained its invasion of donkey skin processing camps across the federation and seizing donkey skin from owners.
The director of the agency, Dr. Olusegun Awoniyi said the Federal Government has made it an offense for anybody to kill a donkey and trade on its skin.
He said the policy was made by the federal government to avoid the animal, which he described as “work animal,” from going into extinction.
According to Awoniyi, “apart from Nigeria, many countries have placed ban on killing of donkeys and trading on its skin.
Nigeria has received a lot of memos from many countries discouraging the killing of donkeys and trading on its skin or meat.”
Dr Awoniyi disclosed this while reacting to the alleged invasion of donkey skin processing camps of Dried Meat Preservers Association of Nigeria, DMPAN and seizing of over 2000 processed donkey skin worth over 80 million naira, across the states in the country.