NEWS 100,000 no­mads mi­grate from Niger over cat­tle rustling - Miyetti Al­lah

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ahmed Tahir Ajobe, Minna

Over 100,000 no­mads in Niger State have mi­grated to neigh­bour­ing coun­tries due to cat­tle rustling, Daily Trust gath­ered yesterday.

The act­ing chair­man of Miyetti Al­lah Cat­tle Breed­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, Al­haji Adamu Kaduna Tsauni, dis­closed this in an in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion with news­men in Gwada vil­lage of Munya Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of the state.

He said in­ces­sant raid­ing of no­mads’ set­tle­ments by rustlers who dis­pos­sessed them of their only means of liveli­hood was re­spon­si­ble for the mass ex­o­dus across the shores of Nige­ria.

He said many herders were also killed by rustlers in Munya and Shi­roro Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Ar­eas of the state, forc­ing their mem­bers to seek safer abodes.

He said added to the prob­lem of cat­tle rustling was the lim­ited ac­cess to food by the an­i­mals as most graz­ing re­serves had been taken away by state gov­ern­ments.

He also blamed the mass ex­o­dus of herders to neigh­bour­ing coun­tries on the en­croach­ment of cat­tle routes by farm­ers.

Tsauni there­fore called on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to in­ter­vene in the mat­ter.

He also urged his mem­bers to al­ways be law abid­ing, not­ing that they could only op­er­ate in an at­mos­phere of peace and har­mony.

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