Benue herdsman commits suicide over death of 200 cows

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Garus Gololo, National Coordinator of Miyietti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Benue State chapter, has confirmed that 56-year-Fulani herdsman, Mohammed Abdulkadire,committed suicide by jumping into River Benue in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State after he lost 200 of his cows to hunger and lack of water.

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According to Galolo, the herdsman lost the cows due to the the implementation of Benue anti-open grazing law, leading to some herdsmen relocating to other states, as it was gathered that about 600 cows have been lost due to poor feeding and inaccessibility to water, since the Law’s implementation on November 1.

Galolo told Sunday Punch that Abdulkadire who jumped into the river out of frustration when he discovered that 200 out of his 500 cows had died where they were camped, left behind 22 children.

“The man killed himself simply because there is no place for his cows to graze. He was to relocate to the Awe LGA of Nasarawa State but information got to us that the area was occupied and no herdsman or herdsmen should cross over to the area again.

“We are calling on the Federal Government to intervene to quickly make provision for herdsmen in Benue State before they lose everything they have” he said.

However the State’s Police PRO, Moses Yamu, told SUNDAY PUNCH that the suicide had not been reported.

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