Over 4000 cattle herders have arrived at a Kaduna community in Northwest Nigeria after receiving quit notice from Sunday Igboho, a private citizen.
No fewer than 4,000 of the Fulani herdsmen who fled from the southern Nigerian states following the reported quit notice served them have so far seeped into Labduga, a community in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria.
A Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) official, Hussaini Abdullahi, disclosed this to HumAngle on Feb. 9, adding that as of Tuesday morning, “more were still trickling in”.
He stressed: “We have so far verified about 4,000, but more were still coming in as at this morning.”
Abdullahi said Kaduna SEMA and a non-governmental organisation, Early Recovery Initiative (formally North-East Regional Initiative – NERI), took up the task of profiling the migrants for possible assistance and reintegration.
“Because we do not operate a conventional camp for them, they have been melting into the host community, sourcing immediate assistance from relatives and good Samaritans,” he said.
“Having lost their means of livelihood, they told us they needed food and non-food items urgently. But we have also observed that they are suffering psychosocial trauma and they, therefore, need psychosocial counselling,” he added.
He would not disclose when such assistance would be given to the displaced herdsmen by the government or partner-non-profit organisations.
“We will soon visit them and conduct a needs assessment of their situation to see where we can possibly assist,” Ibrahim Bayero, the Director of Publicity, Kaduna State branch of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), told HumAngle on phone.
Herding communities that settled in parts of southern Nigeria have been forced to leave following unrest and attacks by locals, who have blamed members of the former for increased criminal activities.