By Misbahu Bashir
Many Fulani herders from Kaduna State have migrated to south-western states and neighbouring countries including Benin Republic and Togo to escape incessant cattle raids, Vice Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Kachia branch, Alhaji Usman Garba, has said.
Herders have been suffering loss of cattle occasioned by activities of rustlers. The thieves have also killed a number of herdsmen and forced dozens of commercial farms to close. Two German tourists were shot dead by rustlers in Abuja last week.
Alhaji Usman told Daily Trust yesterday that cattle raiding in the Kachia-Kagarko axis has intensified.
“About two days ago, the thieves attacked herders in Kurmin Kare and took away about 100 cattle. And just before that incident, armed rustlers stole about 400 cattle from hamlets located close to Kagarko town, after killing one person. They also stole an undisclosed number of cows in Mano,” he said.
He lamented that herding cattle in some parts of Kaduna has become a risky affair. “The rustlers recently beat up my 70-year-old brother, Ibrahim Garba and his son in Kachia. They also stole his cattle. I know hundreds of families that have migrated to Isenyi in Oyo State as well as neighbouring Benin and Togo republics,” he added.