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HERDSMEN CRISIS: 4,000 Herders Evicted From South Is Causing Humanitarian Crisis In Kaduna – Miyetti Allah Seeks Help.
A humanitarian crisis may hit Labduga in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State as 4,000 herders evicted from the southern part of the country arrived in the area.
The herders are mostly from Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Ebonyi, and Abia states, it was learned.
On arrival, the herders were received by officials of the Kaduna chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria at Labduga in the southern part of Kaduna.
Labduga is a popular grazing community located in Southern Kaduna.
Some of the herders are said to be squatting with their relations while others are staying in an open field, the Director of Publicity of MACBAN in the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Bayero, told reporters on Thursday.
The MACBAN’s spokesman also disclosed that at the moment, the displaced herders are being hit by food shortage, scarcity of drugs, clothing, and other essential materials.
He also said some of the herders recounted their ordeals to officials of the MACBAN on how they lost several of their members, cows to attacks on them, adding that some herders are still missing.
According to him, the herders who are about 4,000 are in dire need of food, drugs, clothes, mattresses, and other essential materials.
“They are kept in Ladduga, Kachia. They are there now and since they have relations, some are squatting with them while others are staying in makeshift tents.
“We have problems with food, clothing, other essential materials such as mattresses, toiletries, no shelter. You know most of them are sleeping outside.”
Bayero also called on the state government and other humanitarian agencies, to urgently come to the aid of the herders who fled from the southern part of the country.
Recall that herdsmen invaded Owode Ketu community, attacking the villagers around 5am on Thursday.
Confirming the incident, the House of Assembly member representing Ketu Constituency, Hon Wahab Haruna Abiodun, said in a statement that, “It is so sad that Ketu Constituency is bathing in the blood of constituents.”
According to him, “Fulani herders attacked Owode ketu in Eggua ward and killed no fewer than six people, leaving scores seriously injured.”
The lawmaker said that two other farmers, after being macheted, were thrown into Yewa River along Eggua road from the bridge.
“This was a reprisal attack by herdsmen as they came in hundreds following the visitation of Sunday Igboho to the area,” he said.
Abiodun called on Governor Dapo Abiodun to instruct the Police Commissioner in Ogun State and other security agents to move swiftly to the area so that the issue will not escalate further, saying “this is the time we need the Amotekun corps to come out and support the Nigeria Police Force.”
The incident is coming barely four days after the killing of a farmer, Dele Olowoniyi, by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Yewa axis of Ogun State.
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