Mohammed Abdulkadire, 56, has committed suicide in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State, following the death of 200 cows when the animals could not find food and water to survive.
Abdulkadire, a father of 22 children, reportedly cried and jumped into River Benue and drawn out of frustration when his 200 cows had died out of 500.
Speaking on the incident, Garus Gololo, the National Coordinator of Miyietti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, said, “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.”
Recall that the Benue State Government had, on November 1, started implementing its anti-open grazing law, leading to some herdsmen relocating to other states.
Gololo added that Fulani herdsmen had lost about 600 cows as a result of poor grazing and lack of water after the commencement of the Benue anti-open grazing law.