Breaking: Miyetti Allah chairman killed by bandits after ransom paid

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File: Miyetti Allah spokesperson at a press conference

By Felicia Imohimi/Abuja

Alhaji Abubakar Abdullahi, chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in Lere LGA of Kaduna, has been killed by his abductors.

The association announced Abdullahi’s death in a statement released Friday night by its national secretary Othman Ngelzarma

Abdullahi, also known as Danbardi, was 58 years old.

His body was found by the roadside on Friday, after being kidnapped from his home in Lere on Sept. 16 and ransom paid.

“The death of Abubakar brings to five the number of MACBAN officials killed either by bandits, kidnappers or cattle rustlers this year across the country”, Ngelzarma said.

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“Alhaji Abubakar, aged 58 was kidnapped on the 16th of September and after paying ransom his dead body was found by the roadside on Friday, September 17, on the outskirts of Lere town.

“While we condole with the family of the deceased, the Kaduna State Chapter of MACBAN, we call on the security agencies to properly investigate this and a lot of other dastardly acts across the country and bring the culprits to justice,” Ngelzarma said.

The MACBAN national secretary decried the increasing level of insecurity faced by members of the association nationwide, either from rampaging bandits or kidnappers.

He said: “the challenge is making it almost impossible for our members to conduct their businesses in peace. This is partly responsible for the escalating cost of livestock and livestock products.

“If the insecurity continues, it might collapse the livestock industry in the country.

“We call on the Federal Government to, therefore, ensure that the new policies geared towards improved livestock production are properly implemented”, he added.

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