The notorious hippopotamus, that has been terrorising people around Dadin-Kowa dam and its environs in Gombe state for more than two years, has been killed.
Malam Ismail Umar Head of Forestry Yamaltu/Deba Local Governmen Council, who confirmed the development, said the Hippopotamus has been terrorizing fishermen as well as destroying people’s farmland for the past two and half years.
“We discovered it since the last two and half years, but unfortunately it has become very notorious and hazardous to people, farmers and fishermen. The people wrote to the local government council authorities complaining about the damages it was causing them, and we forwarded same to the ministry, seeking the approval of the Governor.
“We received the approval last week, and we decided to go hunting for it, it took over a week before we finally got it Wednesday night.
“We were lucky to trap it outside. We used military men to shoot it with the help of the local hunters. We shot it yesterday night around 10:30 pm when it came out to eat grasses, and today we butchered it into pieces. “But the one that was killed decided to cross to the lower side of the dam, “he said noting that there were about 100 of them in the water.
Mr. Adamu Pukuma, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Environment and Forest Resources said Hippopotamus is one among the animal that were going instinct hence they have been protecting it, but that the particular one that was killed had become notorious.
“It killed people around the area as well as destroyed peoples’ farms and fishing equipment. “There were complaints from the people that was why we sought for the Governor’s approval and killed it” he said.


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