A herd of 250 elephants sighted in Borno state

A herd of 250 elephants sighted in Borno state

- A herd of around 250 elephants was spotted in a part of the Borno state close to the borders with Cameroon and Chad

- Tunde Marokinyo, co-founder of Africa Nature Investors said the sighting of the herd implies that Nigeria’s elephant population has effectively doubled

- The herd was seen a few kilometres from Rann during a humanitarian mission carried out by helicopter

A surprising occurrence was recorded in Borno state, northeastern Nigeria when a herd of around 250 elephants was spotted in a part of the state close to the borders with Cameroon and Chad.

The sighting of the herd is the first reported sighting of elephants in the region since the Boko Haram insurgency began a decade ago, RFI reports.

Tunde Marokinyo, co-founder of Africa Nature Investors said the sighting of the herd implies that Nigeria’s elephant population has effectively doubled.

The herd was spotted a few kilometres from Rann during a humanitarian mission carried out by helicopter.

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Prior to the Boko Haram insurgency, hundreds of elephants were said to migrate through the region when Sambisa Forest served as a game reserve the size of Belgium and The Netherlands. But all that changed In 2014 when Abubakar Shekau’s faction of Boko Haram set up camp in the forest.

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Tunde Marokinyo, co-founder of Africa Nature Investors says the sighting of the herd implies that Nigeria’s elephant population has effectively doubled, credits: Twitter
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Three major migration routes passed through the Sambisa Forest. These same routes that follow water sources are used by insurgents to escape the military bombardment.

The heavy exchange of artillery fire between the military and the insurgents drove most of the big game away from the reserve.

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Meanwhile, forty-eight members of the Boko Haram terrorist group have been killed by soldiers and some vigilantes in Biu, southern area of Borno state.

Premium Times reports that the incident occurred when soldiers and the vigilantes repelled an attack by the terrorists.

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An official of the Civilian-JTF, whose personnel also fought alongside the soldiers against the terrorists, said a total of 48 Boko Haram members were killed during the gun battle.

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