URE hy Pastoral life is a popular highway
crimes. The document shows that livestock rearing has dropped to an abysmal level, while people no longer go to their farms. It draws attention to developments around the Nomadic Education Training Centre (NETC) where adult learners dropped from 126 to 12 within the year 2016-2017. Also, school enrolment dropped from 158 to 28 pupils, due to migration to Oyo, Ogbomoso, Igbeti and Ilorin, in addition to mass withdrawal of pupils from nomadic primary schools.
Over N23m paid as ransoms
Apart from Datti Adamu who fled from his captors and therefore never paid any ransom, there is a long list of those who paid huge sums to the kidnappers, and these victims live along both sides of the highway. There is the sad story of a nomad whose two wives were kidnapped, and all his cattle stolen shortly after. At the end he became hypertensive and he passed on. There are no safety nets to support nomads who have had their cattle rustled or whose cattle have perished as a fallout of disease. Daily Trust is told of Alhaji Idi who lives in Isa near Jere, and was kidnapped last week. He was released only when his family sold some of their cows to raise the N1m ransom. Ahamad Adamu, a herder who narrates the story, adds “If government does not intervene, next year all of us will leave here because the kidnappers are making life tough for all of us.” Idris Abubakar had to raise N800,000 which was the ransom paid to release a relative of his who was kidnapped at Kasiri near Jere. The list is endless.Mohammadu Chibi, a herder, lives at Bishini. He paid the sum of N650,000 when his two wives were kidnapped. On top of this and to compound the problem, 320 of his cows were recently rustled. But Ardo Makama Ibrahim Mohammed tells Daily Trust that 10 persons were kidnapped at Katari recently, and a ransom of N10m had to be paid before they were released. Mohammed Dauji, a farmer, speaks of a nomad whose 2 wives were kidnapped, and the sum of N1.2m was paid before they were released. Buba Dai of Gadan Makaman Mamman, paid a huge sum as ransom when members of his family were abducted. This happened on four occasions. On the first occasion he paid N450,000. N660,000 was paid to release the second and third kidnapped persons, while N330,000 was paid during the final abduction, and these payments were all made this year.
Sardauna Alhassan of Pole Wire, Kachia paid well over N4m as ransom between late last year and early this year. Musa Adamu of the Gurara dam area paid N2.5 m in ransoms. Yahaya Musa had to give out N350,000 so that kidnappers wont harass him. But later his son was kidnapped and he had to cough out N2m to get him back. Adamu Jirgi of Janjala was kidnapped, and he had to pay N500,000 to his abductors. Ardo Bawa Idris who lives at Koron Tsohuwa narrates “The kidnappers contacted me and asked me to pay N2m, so that I won’t be kidnapped. I was only able to give them N250,00 and they left me alone.” Isa Shehu of Katari adds that he unknowingly entertained kidnappers one evening at his camp, only for them to return the next day to kidnap his brother, and he had to pay N1m before he was released. Herds are being depleted through regular sales, for this is the only way monies can be raised to settle the ransom demands, and the nomads are becoming poorer and poorer and the population of both cows and herders along the highway has shrunk. Many are forced to migrate to more favourable locations both within and outside the country. Over 6,422 cattle have been rustled in a mass of communities lying between Jere and Katari in the first few months of this year. Among these there is the dazzling figure of 1,100 cattle grabbed from Alhaji Gambo of Katari in a single night. These statistics are based on interviews with 37 nomads in the area last weekend.
et has dropped owing to the effects of rustling and kidnapping.
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