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boko=haramCloses market in North-East

Federal government has

banned the importation of cattle

and sale of dried meat in the three

north eastern states ravaged by

the Boko Haram insurgency, as

well as ordered the closure of

three cattle markets in Borno.

The order, according to the

Borno State government, which

yesterday announced the closure

and ban, is to block the insurgents’

sources of revenue and thus

curtail the activities of the

terrorists alleged to be currently

engaged in cattle rusting to fund

their operations.

The FG, according to the Borno

State government, has intelligence

report establishing that Boko

Haram do not only rustle cattle

but thrive in kilishi- dried meat

business- that has been a money

spinner to them.

“All trading activities in

Gamboru Cattle Market,

Dusuman, Shuwari and Ngom

have been suspended till further

notice in line with government’s

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commitment to ensure that no

public place is turned to an

avenue for funding activities of

the terrorists.

“Importation of cattle to the

state capital through all routes

and all sources other than the

cattle traders association is hereby

suspended for two weeks.

“In the same vein, the sale of

dried meat is hereby banned, as

it has been observed that criminal

elements resort to this measure to

legitimise their dubious activities

ultimately aimed at funding

activities of Boko Haram”, he said

Governor Kashim Shettima,

who was represented by

the Secretary to the State

Government, Alhaji Jidda

Shuwa, at the inauguration of a

Committee for the Management

of the Maiduguri Cattle Market

in Maiduguri, where the tough

decisions were announced, said

government resolved to block the

revenue sources of the insurgency

to further mop up on the

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fleeing insurgents, adding that

only members of the Butchers

Association and Cattle Traders

Association were permitted to

slaughter and sell cattle in the


Shettima said government

took the action after intelligence

reports by security agencies

indicated that the cattle market

was being used by suspected

Boko Haram terrorists to

channel rustled cows for sale to

unsuspecting members of the


“You will recall that cattle

market in the metropolis was

closed down and all trade

suspended by our security

agencies following significant

intelligence report that the place

had been turned to a commercial

stronghold of insurgency with

serious security implication on

the wellbeing of our people.

“Evidence available to security

agencies show that most of the

cattle being traded at the market

were the direct proceeds of cattle

rustling perpetrated by the Boko

Haram terrorists.

“They are sold at prohibitive

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cost to unsuspecting customers

through some unscrupulous

middle men. The money realised

from such transactions will then

be channelled to fund the deadly

activities of the terrorists.

“Consequently, the terrorists

feel they have discovered new

source of resuscitating their

infrastructure with a view to re-
commencing their atrocities.

He, however, noted that the

action of the security agencies

had resulted in scarcity of beef in

the metropolis and the need for

government to take action.

He said, government after

consultation with relevant

stakeholders, have decided

to introduce measures for

immediate implementation to

reform the local market.

“This includes the release of

N100 million as soft loan to the

cattle traders and butchers in

the market. The cattle traders

association will be given N75

million, while the butchers

association will get N25 million.’’