Maiduguri Cattle Market which used to be one of the most flourishing livestock markets in West Africa is now a ghost of itself due the over decade-long Boko Haram insurgency which continues to finish its influence.
Almost all livestock supply routes to the market in the Lake Chad Region have closed and it struggles to survive and hold its influence under the insurgency which end seems not to be in sight with traders highly frustrated and fearing a beef crisis.
A livestock trader, Mallam Baba Gana, said, that the cattle, rams, sheep, goats, and even horses were brought to the market from within and outside the country before the outbreak of Boko Haram.
Maiduguri Cattle Market has, in recent times, witnessed an unprecedented upsurge in livestock supply from displaced people rushing to dispose of their livestock and settle in Maiduguri.
A measure taken by the state government in collaboration with security operatives to stem the activities of the terrorists included the imposition of strict scrutiny to ascertain that all incoming livestock into the Maiduguri.
Boko Haram Insurgency has sparked off acute shortage of beef and unemployment in the market and beef industry.
Goni Amsami a middleman who used to guide potential buyers in the market, said the dealers in this section are genuine and certified by the security and market committee.
The security situation surrounding the state capital, Maiduguri, has been worsening for some time, further erasing the hope that the Boko Haram insurgency would end soon.