Kaduna state government has engaged experts to unravel the frequent deaths of cattle in Kaura local government area, to avert breakdown of law and order. The Administrator of the local government, Mr. Zitung Basahuwa-Agog, made the disclosure at a town hall meeting held in Kagoro on Friday, last week. Basahuwa-Agog said the meeting was organised by the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Aff airs to explore ways of promoting mutual trust and understanding among farmers and Fulani herders in the area. At least 50 cattle died mysteriously in fi ve separate incidences since February this year within Kagoro chiefdom. The local council chief noted that the frequent death of the cattle in the area was hard to understand, adding that experts had been engaged to unravel the mystery. “I urge everyone to be patient as we await the outcome of the tests carried out by the experts.
This meeting is aimed at bringing the people together with a view to seeking suggestions on the way forward,” he said. Also speaking, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Prof. Kabir Mato, in a message, decried the frequent deaths of the cattle in the chiefdom, saying it posed serious security challenge.
The commissioner, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Malam Adamu Mansir, appealed to farmers and herders to avoid tendencies that could lead to the breakdown of law and order. Earlier, the President, Kagoro Development Association, Dr Benjamin Gugong, expressed concerns over the death of the cattle, saying the test by experts would determine the actual cause. Gugong appreciated government for organising the meeting, saying that it would douse tension emanating from the mysterious deaths.