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Ram costs N1m in Lagos as cattle traders’ strike bites harder

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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The ongoing strike by the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria has caused a rise in the prices of animals in Lagos and other Southwestern states.

Recall that the food and cattle dealers had on Thursday embarked on a strike, blocking all ‘borders’ between the North and South in protest against the killings and destruction of property of Northerners during #EndSARS protests and Shasa market crisis in Oyo State.

The group demanded N4.7billion as compensation.

Barely five days into the strike, the action has now taken a toll on animal and food prices in the region, especially as many of the markets are nearly empty.

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According to a report by the BBC Hausa, a ram was on Tuesday sold at N1millon and another at N800,000 at Alaba Rago Market in Lagos State.

Chickens sold for N1,500 have now gone up to N2,500 as a result of the strike which resulted in a shortage of chickens.

Speaking with Muhammadun Dauran Kaji, an Alaba chicken trader, said turkey (Talo-Talo) is now sold for N30,000.

An onion seller, Muhammadu Aminu, said the onion, which sold for N12,000, has now gone up to 30,000 per baskets.

Tomatoes which used to be sold at about N50 are now sold at about N300.

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DAILY NIGERIAN reports that at the heat of the strike, foodstuff and cattle dealers across the Northern have been diverting their goods and all consumables to the neigbouring countries of Niger Republic and Cameroon.

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The striking union had been blocking trade routes to the South by stopping food item-laden trucks from going south.

On Friday, truckloads of food items from the northern part of the country were stopped by the union from entering Kwara State and neighbouring states in the South West.

A video clip showing the illegal stoppage of trucks carrying food items from the North to the South at a Jebba village in Niger State by some northern youths circulated on social media on Friday.

But the Defence Headquarters clarified that following the tension generated by the incident, joint troops comprising the military and other security agencies were deployed to clear the Jebba-Kaduna Road and they had since restored normalcy in the general area.

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