By Adebayo Williams
Herdsmen in the country have complained about the loss of their members and livestock to Boko Haram terrorists over the last four years in Borno. Chairman of the Al-Hayah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Ibrahim Mafa, said about 1,900 herdsmen were killed and 169,000 cows; 63,000 rams; goats and rams were lost. He said the herdsmen had lost N26 billion worth of houses in 10 local government areas.
He said some of the stolen animals were kept around Dikwa town for onward transportation to other parts of the country for sale in neighbouring countries of Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
“We also lost about 400, 000 sacks of grains and a number of our members were displaced.
“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,” the chairman said.