Cattle breeders lament loss of 1,637 herdsmen in Borno
THE Chairman of Al-Hayah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (ACBAN), Alhaji Ibrahim Mafa, said about 1,637 herdsmen have lost their lives in attacks by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State.
Ibrahim disclosed this to journalists in Maiduguri while lamenting the high number of herdsmen killed in the six-year insurgency in Sambisa Forest and the 10 council areas in northern Borno.
He said since the crisis started, the association has lost over a million livestock to the terrorists.Mafa further disclosed that members of the association also lost 395,605 sacks of grains.
He, however, commended the military for its efforts in fighting the terrorists, despite the difficult terrain in the North East region of the country.
He informed the military that the terrorists still attack remote communities inaccessible by troops in Sambisa Forest and northern Borno using motorcycles and bicycles.
He said some of the stolen animals are kept around Dikwa town before being smuggled to other parts of the country for sale.
“Some of the livestock are smuggled to neighbouring countries of Chad, Niger and Cameroun Republic,” said Mafa.