Nigerian UK Restaurateur Fined £10,000

*For Describing Decayed Chicken as Special Nigerian Delicacy

A Stratford magistrates court has found Gaby Kolajo guilty of offences bordering on serving customers decayed chicken at a birthday party held at the premises of his Leyton restaurant in London.

The Nigerian restaurateur, owner of Lagos Island, based in Leyton, a boisterous residential part of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, was caught red handed but explained when questioned that it was a special Nigerian meal.

The offense came a month after his restaurant was ordered close after officials of the Waltham Forest council asked him to deal with the mouse and cockroach infestation at his premises. He however, failed to obey the order.

A container filled materials believed to be mouldy chicken were found in his kitchen during an inspection by environmental health officer. He told the council officers that it was a speciality traditional Nigerian dish of boiled crab.

Following the discovery, Kolajo was slammed with a four-count charge, including failing to keep the premises clean, in good repair and good condition; failing to put in place adequate measures to control pests; opening the premises and serving food to paying customers whilst the health risk condition remained imminent and placing unsafe food on the market which was unfit for human consumption.

Hearing on the case, which was filed in August 2018, was delayed. However, upon resumption, he was found guilty of all four charges and subsequently fined £10,000, the highest fine, for violating the Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order on December 7, 2021.

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