By Terna Doki
Hunting of wild animals for domestic consumption is no easy task, even for the initiated and only few dare it. But even on the dreadful hills and rocks surrounding Abuja, hunters still engage animals day and night to service the local demands for bush meat. Weekly Trust peeps into the hunters' world around Abuja satellite towns revealing their manifold nightmares and gains.
Blasting "dong dong" sounds of dane guns vibrated so loud, puncturing the quietness of the night to the extent that it jolted up a sleeping John Alkali. A first time visitor to Abuja, Alkali from Gombe State said he spent the night with Yusuf, a friend at a place called Dutse Makeranta.
Alkali said "I was so afraid and stealthily tapped my friend to wake up thinking armed robbers had assailed the neighborhood and in a gun battle with the police. I was scared stiff," he said.
But Alkali said his host explained that hunters and not the police had engaged wild animals and beasts on the sprawling nearby hills and rocks in a game of life or death. "I felt relieved, but could not sleep instantly," he admitted.
"Bush meat" made out of animals killed by hunters are special delicacies in many homes and public leisure joints around Abuja and elsewhere. Wild animals frequently eaten are grass-cutters, pythons, wild pigs, alligators, hares, antelopes, buffalos and so forth.
"At my age, I like bush meat a lot, especially the smoked and dried type, because doctors say it is less harmful to the body and so good for people of my age", says Pa Aaron Adamu, a 65-year-old man.
While a plate of bush meat pepper soup goes for N400 in some open joints, Weekly Trust findings suggest that hunters who labour day and night to trap the animals go through chilling experiences particularly on the hills and rocks of Abuja's satellite towns. More....