The National Butchers of Nigeria has threatened to embark on strike to press home their demand for enhanced security of the lives and property of their members.
Malam Abubakar Dandada, the association’s National Secretary, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Bauchi.
It will be recalled that Potiskum, a commercial town in Yobe State, witnessed what can be described as the bloodiest attack in recent time on Thursday when gunmen stormed a popular cattle market and shot dead at least 60 people.
Some others were wounded in the confusion that set in following attempts by the traders at the market to run for their lives.
The Yobe State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Samuel Onitiri, said the 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. 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 police confirmed the death of more than 37 persons in the attack at the Potiskum International livestock market.
“We want to call a meeting and set up a committee to go there and investigate what happened there. They will submit a report and after that we may stop going to the market.
“Our members will stop slaughtering cows for some days to show that we are not happy with what happened and that what happened was not a good thing.’’
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 with a view to bringing the culprits to book.
He said that 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 neighbouring Niger Republic, Cameroun and Chad Republic.