Journalists were informed that a popular grazing community, Labduga community, in Kachia Local Government Area, Kaduna State has started experiencing the influx of this herdsmen and their cattle since last week.
This was confirmed by the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) through its official, Hussaina Abdullahi, who said they have so far verified about 4,000, adding that more are still on the way to Kaduna.
Abdullahi said, “SEMA and an NGO, Early Recovery Initiative is conducting headcount of the fleeing herdsmen for possible assistance. 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.”
The SEMA official added that most of the returning herders have lost their means of livelihood, adding that they urgently needed food and non-food items.
“But we have also observed that they are also suffering from psychosocial trauma and they, therefore, need psychosocial counselling. We will soon visit them and conduct a needs assessment of their situation to see where we can possibly assist them,” he said.
In relation, the Director of Publicity, Kaduna State Chapter of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Ibrahim Bayero, expressed grief over the plight of the herdsmen and described their condition as pathetic.
Bayero added that they have commenced mobilization of members to see how they could assist returnee herders.