A hippopotamus was reportedly killed yesterday in Niger State, after many hours of rigorous hunting by hunters and farmers.
The hippopotamus was killed at River Niger, Jebba, Niger state, following a hunt which started in the early hours of Wednesday and ended at about 4pm on Thursday, after six heavy gunshots and numerous arrows were fired.
According to residents of the area, the animal was killed to avert tragedy in the area even though four local boats were destroyed in the process. Here are photos below;
This is not the only time a hippopotamus has been killed in the state. Some years ago, it was also reported that it took the intervention of not less than 30 people, mostly hunters armed with local weapons to kill a hippopotamus that had blocked the road leading to the market place and farmlands.
This occurred in the course of a week in the ancient village of Jebba in Mokwa Local Government Area of Niger State. It took the 30 hunters who were armed with spears of various sizes and shapes, about 10 hours of ceaseless attacks on the beast that had gone wild before it could be killed.
It was gathered that the small hippopotamus that brought commercial and agricultural activities in the area and around the neighborhoods to a complete standstill, was the last in the family of three. According to some sources, the small hippopotamus was forced to act wildly after it was disowned by its family, for fear that it could dispossess its father’s wife.
Sarkin Ruwa of Jebba (man in charge of the river), Malam Abdullahi Jibril, said Jebba and its neighbouring communities that are located along the riverine area of River Niger, had been under a series of attacks by a large number of hippopotami that flourish in the famous river.
He added that most often, it was the farmlands of rice that were mostly hit whenever hippopotami struck in the area. Several hectares of rice farms could be destroyed by hippopotamus in one night.