The Al-Hayah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has on Wednesday announced that it lost at least 1,900 Herdsmen in separate attacks carried out by militants of terror group, Boko Haram, within four years in Borno state.
The announcement comes on a day investigations by Premium Times revealed that the Fulani Herdsmen also killed about 1, 269 persons in Benue state.
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The Chairman of the Association, Alhaji Ibrahim Mafa, had totaled the numbers of cows and rams (including goats and sheep) lost by the members of the association to insurgency as 169, 000 and 63,000 respectively.
Mafa also explained that some of the stolen animals were kept around Dikwa town before being transported to other parts of the country and neighbouring countries for sale.
His words: “We also lost about 400, 000 sacks of grains and a number of our members were displaced.
“Our herdsmen have lost cows, property and houses worth about N26 billion in 10 local government areas in Northern Borno.
“These areas include; Kala Balge, Marte, Mafa, Munguno, Bama, Konduga and Gwoza.
“We are, therefore, appealing to the government to come to the aid of our people who are in dire need of help.“
However, Premium Times made a timeline of herdsmen attacks on communities and the resultant killings in Benue state between 2013 and July 2016.
According to the online newspaper, the statistic of the killings – 1,269 persons – was obtained from local journalists, community leaders and the Movement Against Fulani Occupation, MAFO.
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