No fewer than 4,000 herders that fled the South West over the crisis that emanated as a result of eviction threat by some Yoruba youths, have arrived in Ladduga, a community in Kachia local government area of Kaduna State.
Some youths, led by one Sunday Igboho had attacked Fulani communities in the south west and burnt their houses and killed three people, after the eviction notice they issued had elapsed. Igboho had threatened that he would ensure no Fulani herdsmen lived in the south west.
A resident of the Ladduga, Mohammed Iliya told journalists that some of the herdsmen came in vehicles, while others came by foot with their animals.
“It is a pathetic situation, you will weep for them, especially the women and children. Some were killed, their animals and homes destroyed. Right now, most of them sleep in the open because we have no place to keep them and we expect more of them will come,” Iliya said.
The Assistant Director Operations of the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) , Hussaini Abdullahi, who visited the community said the herders were over 4,000 and that they were still being profiled.
SEMA’s Executive Secretary, Abubakar Hassan, said until the profiling was completed he would not be able to give tangible information about the situation.
The state’s Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Haruna Usman Tugga, said he was making plans to visit the herdmen and hear their stories.