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Bornu releases N100m to livestock traders, butchers


Livestock feeds. Photo; agritechstores

Livestock feeds. Photo; agritechstores

AS part of measures to prevent cattle rustling in Bornu State, the state government has released the sum of N100 million to members of the Livestock Traders Association and Butchers (LTAB), to enable them buy cattle and other livestock for slaughter and sale at the Maiduguri cattle market and abattoir.

Secretary to the state government, Alhaji Usman Jidda Shuwa, who disclosed this yesterday at a news conference held at the Musa Usman Secretariat complex, Maiduguri, said the market is now re-opened. He added that the Maiduguri cattle market and abattoir had earlier been closed by the military to stop the sale of rustled cattle to livestock dealers and butchers.

According to him, the gesture was “the state government’s efforts to ensure that Boko Haram terrorists do not get funds through the sale of stolen cattle.”

He told the beneficiaries that the state government “will use this fund to buy cattle from neighbouring states of Adamawa, Yobe and Gombe under tight military escort “for safe delivery to consumers in the Maiduguri metropolis

Shuwa explained that before now, “Boko Haram terrorists steal cattle from the villages and bring them to the Maiduguri cattle market,” adding that the initial closure of the market, prevented terrorists from having access to funds accruing from cattle rusting.

The secretary further disclosed that out of the total sum, cattle dealers would get N75 million, while the butchers association would have the remaining N25 million.

Shuwa added that with the re-opening of the market, members of the association will henceforth be given security escort to facilitate their trade.

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