The people of Unguwan Fanfon Daji, a rural community in Batsari Council of Katsina State, seems to have a growing tension in their community after hunting dogs owned by indigenous people, killed 10 goats belonging to Fulani herders.
The incident occurred a few days ago, raised a lot of concerns in the community. But to avert disaster, the herdsmen have asked the community to pay N60,000 as compensation for the goats. The community was given until tomorrow to raise the money.
It was learned that the ultimatum unsettled the community, even as residents were taxing themselves to meet the demand. Trouble started last Saturday when three youths from the community, with several hunting dogs, set out into a nearby forest for hunting.
The youths and their dogs were said to have trekked close to an area where the herdsmen were pasturing their animals, and the dogs killed 10 goats. The youths allegedly ran away after they found out what their dogs had done, but were caught by the herdsmen who went after them on their motorcycles.
According to reports, when the herdsmen found out who among the boys owned the dogs that committed the act, they tied him, Unguwan Fanfon Daji, to one of their motorcycles and took him to the forest to be left for dead. But they were stopped by the elders of the community who pleaded on the boy’s behalf.
With a dead goat as proof, the herders were said to have demanded that an N20,000 compensation be paid for each dead goat, amounting to N200,000.
But the community reportedly asked for some time to discuss the issue.
The report also said that the herdsmen came back to the village on Sunday afternoon, and community leaders pleaded with them to accept N50, 00 for the dead goats, an offer that was declined.
After much negotiation, the herders finally agreed to collect N60,000 for the dead goats and promised to return on Wednesday, March 18, by 2 p.m. to collect the money.