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Nigerian butchers threaten nationwide strike over cattle market massacre

| May 9, 2012 More

BAUCHI, NIGERIA, May 7 (Xinhua) — The National Butchers of Nigeria has threatened to embark on a strike to press home their demand for enhanced security of the lives and property of their members.

The association’s secretary Abubakar Dandada made the announcement on Monday in northeastern Nigeria’ Bauchi State.

Potiskum, a commercial town in Yobe State, witnessed what can be described as the bloodiest attack in recent time on Thursday when gunmen stormed the popular Potiskum International livestock market and shot dead at least 60 people, according to local media.

The police confirmed the death of more than 37 persons in the attack while some others were wounded in the confusion that set in following attempts by the traders at the market to run for their lives.

Yobe state commissioner of police Samuel Onitiri said attack on the market was triggered by the alleged arrest of one of the four gunmen that attempted to rob traders at about 11 a.m, local time that day.

Dandada said the association was worried by the nearness of the various security check points to the market where the killing took place.

The secretary also urged government to assist the families of those traders who lost their lives and property in the incident.

Dandada also called on the security agencies to do a thorough investigation into the matter.

He said a lot of revenue would be lost as a result of the incident given that the market was frequented by people not only from all over the country, but from neighboring Niger Republic, Cameroon and Chad Republic.

Category: Bauchi State News

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