Abdulfatai Abdulsalami, Sokoto
Suspected bandits in the early hours of Tuesday, attacked Sarki Gobir Adiya Farms and rustled more than two hundred herds of cows and a large number of rams and sheep.
The large farm, owned by Alhaji Abdullahi S. Adiya, is situated a few meters from the Sultan Abubakar III International Airport and about 10km away from the state capital.
Narrating the devastating attack to our correspondent, Alhaji Adiya said, the rustled animals are those expected to be sold for the coming sallah celebration.
According to him, “I left the farm to my house, a little after midnight and there was no premonition that the farm would come under attack.
“I was only woken up early this morning, with the sad news that the farm was attacked and several herds of cow, rams and sheep that we are expected to sell this coming sallah festivity have been stolen.
“On rushing to the farm, the only explanation from the security men was that they were on alert till 3am and only discovered that herds of cows had been stolen this morning.
“When they combed the surrounding bushes, they returned with some of the rustled animals wandering in the bush. The loss is unquantifiable. We are talking of rustled animals in the range of over two hundred.
“However, a formal report has been lodged with the police,” Alhaji Adiya narrated.
Efforts to get updates on the attack from the police proved abortive as calls and text messages sent to the police command PPRO, ASP Abubakar Sanusi, were not answered or replied.