More than 16 persons have died in separate accidents involving vehicles and stray camels in some of the major roads across the Jigawa State.
According to reports, most of the camels’ owners are foreign migrants from Mali, Nijer Republic and Burkina Faso who move with hundreds of camels as seasonal guests to Nigeria to source for food for their animals and means of doing business.
The State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Mr Angus Ibezim, while confirming the incident, lamented the influx of stray camels from foreign countries.
Ibezim stressed the command’s commitment in providing a lasting solution to the menace while noting that advocacy and awareness campaigns in collaboration with the state command of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) will sensitize the camel owners on the dangers of leaving their camels freely to cross major roads without control.
He added that awareness campaigns will also engage traditional rulers and religious leaders as well as motor parks, warning motorists to be on alert while driving along the identified corridors across the state.
Meanwhile, a source from the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, while speaking to newsmen, said the nomads entered the country illegally and that the service is trying its best to control their influx into the country.
Among those who lost their lives to the stray camels include All Progressives Congress (APC) Women Leader, Hajiya Aisha Tahir and four others when her vehicle hit a camel crossing the Jahun-Kiyawa highway, a former permanent secretary, Jigawa state, Dr Nasiru Maigatari, also died along Maigatari axis when he hit the camels crossing the road. Daily Post reports
Two other people have also died recently along Sankara road on their way from Beguwa market where the driver of the commercial car hit the camels and two passengers died instantly.
Speaking, a victim who narrowly escaped death, Malam Murtala narrated how the animals destroy lives and property, as well as the destruction of farm produces that serve as a source of livelihood to owners of farms.
Another traveller, Nura Tijjani Ringim said “the nomads just troop into Nigeria without following the country’s rules and regulations, no Nigerian will go unpunished for committing such offence in their country,” he noted.
They also urged traditional leaders, government and security agencies to collaborate and come up with laws that will provide lasting solutions to the problem so that the presence of the foreigners and their camels does not cause any harm to the citizens.