The Nigerian Police Force have reacted to a video which shows many dead vultures at Eke market in Ihe community, Awgu LGA of Enugu State.
The video which went viral on social media shows the dead vultures with many claiming that they died after they ate remnant of poisoned beef sold to villagers.
Reacting to the video, the Enugu Police Spokesman, Ebere Amarizu, stated that no beef sold in the market was poisoned. According to him, the vultures died after hunters poisoned beef used as bait to hunt them down.
Read statement below.
“The attention of the Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a wide speculations occasioned by a video in circulation that a lot of vultures consumed cow meat and died in Enugu community.
“The Command wish to inform members of the public that there is no cause for alarm as enquiry conducted by the command revealed that it is the activity of bird hunters(poachers) who usually mix some concoction with slaughtered animal left overs and faeces with a view to attracting vultures to it and to consume it.
“Further information gathered revealed that after consuming it, vultures will be weak and subsequently die for them to go and pick it. However, some vultures believed to have taken the concoction of these bird hunters(poachers) fell down Enugu community market and were not able to be picked on time before the widespread speculations.
“The command however wishes to make it clear that it is not emanating from any slaughtered animal for human consumption but rather the activities of mischief makers who want to provoke and cause mayhem in the state. The commissioner of police enjoins all to be law abiding and go about their normal lawful businesses.”