By Chinedum Uwaegbulam – The Guardian, Nigeria
Hundreds of elephants have found their way back to the North East at the risk of Boko Haram insurgents and potential conflict with the agrarian villagers.
The mammals, numbering 250, earlier showed face last December, before returning to neighbouring Cameroun and Chad a couple of months later.
It was the first sighting of the special animals in the region since the outbreak of insurgency in the region over a decade ago. Speaking from Maiduguri, Borno State Director of Forests and Wildlife, Peter Ayuba, submitted: “Now they are back, and the villagers estimate there are even more of them this time.”
The elephants are in Kala Balge Local Council of the state, which has suffered frequent terrorist attacks.