How elephants killed two people in Bauchi

By Rita Michael
Bauchi
Two persons were killed by elephants near Bajama village, close to Yankari Game Reserve.
The management of the Yankari Game Reserve confirmed this in a statement signed by its sole administrator, Habu Mamman, in Bauchi.
He said that the incident occurred on July 8, 2018 when elephants went out of the reserve through Sharam early in the morning and headed towards Bajama village.
"The elephants went to Gwartanbali forest where villagers living around there got excited and came in large numbers and put the elephants in a circle, taking pictures and trying to touch them.
"Tragedy struck when the elephants got charged and scattered the crowd and the villagers all ran for safety but as a result they pushed down a nine-year-old boy called Fa'izu Chiroma Musa who was trampled by one of the elephants and he died on the spot around 10am.”
According to him, the elephants proceeded in the forest and onlookers kept on following them, but unfornuately another 45 years old man, Malam Haruna Abubakar, who was trying to get a close picture of the elephants, was hit by one of the elephants and he died on the spot around 4pm.
"It took our rangers some hours to control the crowd who kept on following the elephants before they could chase back the elephants into the reserve. Normally the rangers are able to provide rapid intervention and chase the elephants back into the reserve when they go out but this case was difficult because the villagers were very excited and wanted to go close and touch the elephants. They said it is their first time of seeing and coming in contact with elephants," he said.
The sole administrator, who said that conflict between elephants and human was not uncommon around Yankari, noted that it was the first fatality case the reserve has recorded.
He said, "We visited both families of the deceased and they said that they were ignorant that elephants can be dangerous and admitted that it was their fault to get close to elephants. It takes about three hours to drive from the Yankari gate to both villages" .

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