Michael Olugbode

Residents of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, have been eating their meals without meat in the last couple of days as the closure of the Maiduguri cattle market and abattoir by the military for over three weeks has left the few rich ones to make do with fresh and frozen fish whose prices have skyrocketed.

Both the cattle market and the central abattoir were said to have been closed by the military who suspected that the members of the terror group, Boko Haram, bring stolen livestock to the market to sell.

Some of the cattle breeders in the state have alleged that livestock worth hundreds of millions of naira were stolen from them by the Boko Haram.

They equally alleged that the proceeds from the stolen livestock were enough to prosecute the war effort of the terrorists on the country.

It is believed that this allegation spur the military to close the livestock market in order to cut the finances of the insurgency group.

But in a reaction to the closure of the market, the Borno State Chapter of National Association of Butchers (NASB) on Monday condemned the closure of the Maiduguri cattle market and abattoir by the military for over three weeks, lamenting that this action has left its teeming members unemployed and without means of livelihood.