We’ve Gone Beyond Looking For Grazing Routes – Falana

 

Human Rights Activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana has faulted the Presidency’s approval to review grazing reserves in 25 states in the country.

Falana who was a guest on Channels TV’s Sunday Politics, said: “we’ve gone beyond this stage of looking for grazing routes”.

“As far as the law is concerned, the President cannot, (with profound respect), be talking of looking for grazing routes in 2021, Nigeria.

“The Northern Governor Forum, the Southern Governors Forum, and even the Miyetti Allah group have all come to a conclusion that open grazing is obsolete,” he added.

His comments come days after President Muhammadu Buhari approved recommendations of a committee to review “with dispatch,” 368 grazing sites, across 25 states in the country, “to determine the levels of encroachment.”

Among other things, the Committee recommended the production of maps and geo-mapping/tagging of sites, analysis of findings and report preparations as well as design appropriate communication on Grazing Reserves and operations.

This comes as the nation battles insecurity, including farmer-herder clashes.

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But efforts by the Federal Government to resolve the age-long crises including the introduction of the Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) have met stiff opposition.

Many believe ranching is a better approach to the problem.

“We need a national resolution of this crisis. We need a scientific solution. We need a modern solution to this problem,” Falana said.

“State governors are already investing in ranching”.

12 Dead As Fishermen, Herders Clash In Cameroon

A map of Cameroon, a Central African country of varied terrain and wildlife

 

Twelve people have been killed and 48 wounded in clashes between fishermen and herders in northern Cameroon, the region’s governor said on Thursday.

The violence, which is rare between the two communities, erupted on Tuesday in Logone-Birni in the Far North region, a tongue of land wedged between Nigeria to the west and Chad to the east.

“Everything started from a banal incident,” the governor, Midjiyawa Bakari, said on the state radio channel CTRV.

It began when members of the Musgum community erected dams to divert water to help them catch fish, in a location where ethnic Arab Choa herders also take their cattle for watering, he said.

“A row broke out between two individuals” which degenerated into full-fledged violence, he said.

“We have provisionally recorded 12 dead and 48 wounded, who have been hospitalised in Kousseri… and N’Djamena,” the capital of Chad, he said.

A local official told AFP that the belligerents used machetes, knives and bows and arrows.

“The tension hasn’t fully subsided. Several houses have been burned down,” the source said, asking not to be identified.

The two communities had asked the authorities to intervene to define areas that they can each use without harming the other, he said.

Clashes between ethnic groups are rare in Cameroon but are frequent in Chad and Nigeria, particularly between sedentary farmers and semi-nomadic herders.

Twenty-two people were killed and 18 were wounded on Saturday in Hadjer-Lamis province in central Chad.

Cameroon’s Far North is also struggling with cross-border attacks by jihadists from northeastern Nigeria.

AFP

Taraba Emir Gives Herders 30-Day Ultimatum To Vacate Forests

A photo collage of Emir of Muri Empire, Abbas Tafida, and a herd of cows.

 

The Emir of Muri Empire in Taraba State, Abbas Tafida has issued a 30-day ultimatum to herders terrorizing residents of the state to vacate forests within the state or be forced to do so.

The Emir gave the ultimatum on Tuesday after Eid prayers.

This follows a rising spate of kidnappings, killings, and attacks in the state by criminals suspected to be herders.

He claimed that Fulani herders are responsible for perpetrating crimes in the state and should therefore vacate forests in the state within 30 days or be forced out.

The Emir who spoke in the Hausa language urged the leadership of Fulani Herdsmen to fish out the bad eggs among them.

Screenshot from a video showing a deserted village in Taraba State following an attack.

 

“Our Fulani herdsmen in the forests, you came into this state and we accepted you, why then will you be coming to towns and villages to kidnap residents, even up to the extent of raping our women?

“Because of this unending menace, every Fulani herdsman in this state have been given thirty days ultimatum to vacate the forests.

“We are tired of having sleepless nights and the hunger alone in the land is enormous and we will not allow it to continue,” the Emir said.

Taraba State located in the Northeast region of Nigeria is faced with heinous crimes ranging from kidnapping to bandit attacks.

At Least 14 Killed As Farmers, Herders Clash In CAR

 

At least 14 people were killed in a revenge attack by Chadian herders after a farmer killed a herder in the far north of the Central African Republic, local officials said Tuesday.

“It all started with a dispute between a farmer and a herder who led his livestock into a field” near Tiri, the village’s mayor Ibrahim Senoussi told AFP.

“The herds devastated the field and the crops” and the herder was killed after the dispute turned violent, he said.

Francois Dieudonne Bata Wapi Yepi, the regional prefect, said the Chadian herders went on the rampage in reprisal, killing 14 people including women and children, torching 66 homes as well as granaries.

“Nearly 3,000 people fled,” he said, adding that the clash occurred last Thursday in the area some 700 kilometres (420 miles) north of the capital Bangui.

A medical source said two people who were seriously wounded were taken to a hospital in Ndele, some 80 kilometres from Tiri.

The two groups have a long and troubled history in the region, where weapons abound and violence often flares after cattle destroy crops.

“We can’t keep allowing foreigners to come and kill Central Africans on their land,” the prefect said.

He added that CAR army soldiers would be deployed to secure the border with Chad, which has been closed since 2014.

Bilateral relations have been strained in recent weeks.

In late May, the Chadian government alleged that CAR soldiers attacked a military post within Chad, killing a soldier and abducting five others, later “executing” them in CAR.

UN sources said the fighting was between CAR troops and Russian paramilitary allies on one side and Chadian soldiers on the other.

Bangui has repeatedly accused Chad of supporting armed groups in CAR.

Amotekun Arrest Over 250 Cows For Destroying Farmlands, Crops In Ondo Communities

Ondo Amotekun Corps with seized cows

 

The Ondo State Security Network Agency, the Amotekun Corps have arrested over 250 cows following a distress call and petitions by farmers in Ipogun, Ilara, Owena Dam axis in Ifedore Local Government Area of the State.

The State Commander of the State Security Network, Amotekun, Adetunji Adeleye disclosed this to journalists in Akure, the state capital, on Sunday, at the signing of an agreement for the release of the cows.

He lamented that when he visited the farmlands to assess the level of destruction, he discovered that the herders destroyed over 300 hectares of farmland with crops, including cassava, maize, cocoyam, and yam.

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“I was amazed when I saw the level of destruction when we got to the farm. The herders first attacked us, but later ran away. However, we arrested two of them. We also seized over 250 cows,” he said.

According to him, the herders even went ahead to uproot cassava, cocoyam, and yam tubers to feed their cows.

Adeleye noted that government would henceforth prosecute owners of seized cows and auction the animals after getting a court order.

Amotekun Corps Arrest 100 Cows In Ondo

Amotekun Corps controlling the cows following the arrest.

 

 

Men of the Ondo State Security Network Agency, otherwise known as Amotekun Corps have arrested one hundred cows for flouting the open grazing law of the State.

The cows were caught grazing along the busy Akure/Ilesa highway.

The herdsmen were said to have taken to their heels upon sighting the operatives of the Amotekun Corps, abandoning their cows.

The arrested cows

 

Commander of the Amotekun Corps in Ondo State, Adetunji Adeleye confirmed the arrest to Channels Television noting that the arrest was part of efforts in enforcing the directives of the State government that the streets and forest reserves be rid of unregistered herdsmen.

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Adeleye explained further that the cows were intercepted and arrested at the boundary between Osun and Ondo States, adding that it took his men about 30 kilometres walk to control the cows to the corps’ headquarters in Akure, the State capital.

“Our men controlled the cows to the headquarters of our office which was about 30 kilometers from the point they were intercepted.

“We should take note that our men are in all the 18 local government areas and we are on 24 hours patrol. We arrived at the scene promptly,” Adeleye said.

He noted that some kidnappers use illegal cattle grazing as a ploy to waylay and kidnap innocent residents of the state.

How Nigerian Govt Can End Herders-Farmers Crisis – Tinubu

Kwara Govt Bans Night Cattle Grazing
A file photo of herders and their cattle at a grazing field.

 

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has advised the Federal Government on ways to end the lingering crisis between herders and farmers in the country.

In a statement he personally signed on Saturday, he recommended a meeting at the instance of the federal, involving state governors, senior security officials, traditional rulers, and religious leaders, as well as representatives of herders and farmers.

Tinubu suggested that the purpose of such meeting should be to hammer out a set of working principles to resolve the crisis that has claimed many lives over the years.

He stated that the governors should convene follow-up meetings in their respective states to refine and add flesh to the universal principles by adjusting them to the particular circumstances of their states.

According to the former Lagos State governor, the herder-farmer dispute has taken on acute and violent dimensions and has cost too many innocent lives while destroying the property and livelihoods of many others.

He noted that the crisis has also aggravated ethnic sentiment and political tension and has yet to be significantly abated despite the efforts of some of those in positions of high responsibility and public trust.

The APC stressed the need for all to move in unison but decisively to end the spiral of death and destruction occasioned by the crisis.

He said that until this was achieved, it would neither be possible to uplift the farmer from his impoverished toil nor move the herder toward the historic transformation which he must make.

A file photo of APC National Leader, Mr Bola Tinubu.

 

While noting the importance of security to the resolution of the matter, Tinubu believes enhanced security may be the necessary first step but not be the only step.

He stated that farmers have a right to farm their land unmolested while herders also have a right to raise their livestock without undue interference.

Read the full statement by the APC chieftain below:

STATEMENT ON THE HERDER CRISIS

The herder-farmer dispute has taken on acute and violent dimensions. It has cost too many innocent lives while destroying the property and livelihoods of many others.

It has also aggravated ethnic sentiment and political tension. Despite the efforts of some of those in positions of high responsibility and public trust, the crisis has not significantly abated.

Sadly, others who should know better have incited matters by tossing about hate-tainted statements that fall dangerously short of the leadership these people claim to provide.

We all must get hold of our better selves to treat this matter with the sobriety it requires.

Because of the violence that has ensued and the fretful consequences of such violence, if left unabated, we must move in unison but decisively to end the spiral of death and destruction.

Only when the violence and the illogic of it are halted can logic and reason prevail. Until the violence is rolled back, we cannot resolve the deep problems that underlie this conflict.

We will neither be able to uplift the farmer from his impoverished toil nor move the herder toward the historic transformation which he must make.

Yet, as vital as security is to the resolution of this matter, we must realise security measures alone will not suffice. Enhanced security may be the necessary first step, but it cannot be the only step.

Nor do we resolve this by hitching ourselves to emotional, one-dimensional answers. More to the point, those who cast this as exclusively a matter of ethnic confrontation are mistaken.

This is no time for reckless chauvinism of any kind, on either side of this dispute. This matter is not ethnic in factual origin or actual causation although in the minds and hearts of too many, it has become ethnic in recrimination and impulsive action.

There have been sporadic disputes in the past but this one is more severe. The reasons for the greater violence of this current dispute are myriad. Economic hardship and its resultant dislocation, proliferation of weapons, generalised increase in criminality, and weakening of social institutions all play a role.

Desertification, increased severity and length of the dry season, diminution of water resources, impairment of land fertility and population growth also contribute in no small measure. Thus, any durable solution must get at most, if not all, of these issues.

Farmers have a right to farm their land unmolested. Herders have a right to raise their livestock without undue interference.

However, when conflict between these groups arises to such an extent, we must set forth clear principles and policies to remove the tension, in order to allow both to proceed toward their stated goals and to live in harmony and according to their respective rights.

Just as I cannot go into your house and take your shirt because I do not have one of like colour, no one can destroy the crops of a farmer or seize the cattle of a herder simply because such destruction sates their anger or their selfish, short-term interests.

If such a condition were to hold, then all would turn into chaos; all would be in jeopardy of being lost. To destroy the crops or seize the property of the innocent farmer or herder is nothing if not an act of criminality.

Here, I must state two fundamental realities. One has been previously mentioned by me and others as part of the solution. The other reality is hardly discussed.

First, the situation of the herder is becoming untenable. Their nomadic ways fall increasingly in conflict with the dictates of modern society. This way of life is centuries old and steeped in tradition.

We can never condone or accept violence as a valid response to any hardship. However, we all must recognise and understand the sense of dislocation caused by the sudden passing of such a longstanding social institution.

I mention their dislocation not to excuse violence and other excesses. I raise it to underscore that we must realise the true complexity of this crisis. What is happening has been terrible, but it is not due to any intrinsic evil in either the herder or the farmer.

The calamity now being faced is borne of situational exigencies. It is but the tragic outcome when often desperate, alienated people are left too long unattended and when their understanding of the modern socio-economic and environmental forces affecting the very terms of their existence is incomplete.

An ethnically fuelled response will be to vociferously defend the nomadic way believing this tack will somehow protect the herder and cast the speaker as an ethnic champion.

However, careless words cannot shield the herder from relentless reality. Such talk will only delude him into believing that he can somehow escape the inevitable.

We do both herder and farmer grave injustice by allowing the herder to continue as he is – fighting a losing battle against modernity and climate change. In that fight, desperation causes him to flail and fight the farmer, who too is a victim of these impersonal forces.

Second, to help the herder and leave the farmer unattended is unfair and will only trigger a resentment that tracks already heated ethnic fault lines. The times have also been perilous for the hardscrabble farmer. He needs help to survive and to be more productive in ways that increase national food security.

Farm productivity and incomes must be enhanced. Soil enrichment, better irrigation and water retention as well as the provision of better rural roads, equipment and access to modern machinery are required to lift him above bare subsistence.

Both innocent and law-abiding farmer and herder need to be recompensed for the losses they have suffered. Both need further assistance to break the current cycle of violence and poverty. In short, the continued progressive reform of many of our rural socio-economic relationships is called for.

Based on these strategic observations, I recommend the federal government convene a meeting of state governors, senior security officials, herder and farmer representatives, along with traditional rulers and religious leaders.

The purpose of this meeting would be to hammer out a set of working principles to resolve the crisis.

After this meeting, governors of each state should convene follow-up meetings in their states to refine and add flesh to the universal principles by adjusting them to the particular circumstances of their states.

In addition to religious and traditional leaders and local farmer and herder representatives, these meetings shall include the state’s best security minds along with experts in agriculture (livestock and farming), land use, and water management to draw specific plans for their states.

To accomplish this goal, the wise policy must include the following elements:

– Maintain reasonable and effective law enforcement presence in affected areas. The proposed reform of the Nigerian law enforcement apparatus towards state and community policing can help in this regard.

The legislative and administrative measures required to make this a reality should be expedited. In addition to alleviating the present farmer-herder crisis, this reform will also bolster efforts against the banditry, kidnapping, and robbery plaguing communities across the country.

Governments need to employ new technology and equipment to enhance the information gathering/surveillance and response capabilities of law enforcement.

– Help the herders’ transition to more sedentary but more profitable methods of cattle-rearing. Unoccupied public land can be fenced into grazing areas or ranches and leased to herders on a very low-cost, nominal basis.

The leasing is not intended to penalize herders. Rather, the nominal fee is intended to ensure the herders are invested in the project and incentivised (by reason of their investment) to use the land provided.

This aspect will also mitigate any resentment over herders being given land for free. Government, in turn, being a responsible lessor, must help with supplemental feed and water in these areas.

This will enable herders to better maintain and care for their livestock thus enhancing their incomes. Herders can augment income by becoming suppliers to the leather goods industry.

Additionally, herders can also develop a more symbiotic relationship with farmers by, for example, trading animal compost to the farmer in exchange for animal feed.

– Assist farmers to increase productivity by supporting or providing subvention for their acquisition of fertilizer, equipment, and machinery and, also, by establishing commodity boards to guarantee minimum prices for important crops.

In the medium to long term, resources must be dedicated to establishing better irrigation and water catchment systems to further improve farm productivity and mitigate the dire impact of flood and drought cycles brought about by extreme climatic conditions.

– Establish a permanent panel in each state as a forum for farmers, herders, security officials, and senior state officials to discuss their concerns, mitigate contention and identify trouble and douse it before it erupts.

We are a populous nation of diverse ethnic groups. We are a people of potential richness, yet to escape present poverty. We have resources but not wealth. Often, our words speak of hope and fear in the same breath.

While we all hope and strive for the best, many fear that there is not enough of what is needed to go around and that they will be left out. In such a situation, harsh competition and contest are fated to occur.

In the unfolding of this social dynamic, one group of actors has been pitted against another over dwindling water and fertile ground. The confrontation has resulted in the needless loss of life and destruction of property.

If left to itself, this situation may spread and threaten the progress of the nation. It could call into proximate question the utility of the social compact that holds government and governed in positive bond, one to the other.

We have a decision to make. Do we attempt the hard things that decency requires of us to right the situation? Or do we allow ourselves to be a slave to short-term motives that appeal to the base instinct that runs afoul of the democratic principles upon which this republic is founded and for which so many have already sacrificed so much? In the question itself, lies the answer.

SIGNED

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

March 13, 2021.

Soyinka’s Home Was Not Attacked, Says Son

Wole Soyinka [File Photo]

 

The residence of Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, located in Abeokuta Ogun State, was neither attacked nor invaded by suspected herdsmen.

His son, Dr Olaokun Soyinka confirmed this in a statement on Wednesday, after rumours had made the rounds that his home had been under attack and invaded by cows.

“Spreading such disinformation is dangerous,” Dr Olaokun said.

He, however, confirmed that cows did stray into the land belonging to the Nobel Laureate.

“To repeat, I have confirmed that while cows did stray onto his land yesterday, there has been no attack, no violence, and no attempt to enter the house.

“Kindly debunk this information where you can.

“We do not need confusion added to the already tense situation in the country”.

The police have also debunked the claims.

The state Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Edward Ajogun who visited the residence following the report, explained that three cows indeed strayed into the compound of the literary icon.

While giving an assurance of adequate protection of life and property, the state police boss described the incident as a trespass on the part of the herders.

Watch the video below.

Senate To Debate Farmers/Herders Crisis On Tuesday

A file photo of lawmakers in the Senate.

 

The Senate will on Tuesday debate the clashes between farmers and herders clashes in several parts of the country.

Leader of the Senate, Yahaya Abdullahi disclosed this on Monday while addressing journalists at his office in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Abdullahi said his deputy, Senator Ajayi Boroffice, who represents Ondo North in the National Assembly, will come up with a motion on the issue.

While noting that local political leaders should be encouraged to find a lasting solution, Abdullahi said the Federal Government has a role to play in resolving the crisis.

“With some kind of ethnic colouration of the herders/farmers clashes, urgent attention are required at various levels of government to prevent them from further escalation,” he said.

“These are kind of crises that must be addressed promptly and squarely in preventing ethnic entrepreneurs from hijacking the whole situation and putting the country in danger.

“There are existential issues that have set communities that have hitherto lived together peacefully, against each other either for political advantage or political matters.

“I think these are issues that should be resolved at the local level either through dialogue anchored on the spirit of give and take.”

The lawmaker said the Senate is worried by the security threats in the country, including armed banditry and Boko Haram insurgency.

He warned that if the issue remains unabated, there can’t be development where there is no peace.

On Senate confirmation of the ex-service chiefs as ambassadors, Abdullahi said the Senate would mandate its Committee on Foreign Affairs to deliberate on the issue.

“Communications for the confirmation would be read hopefully by the Senate president tomorrow and whatever happen we will pass it on to the committee on foreign affairs and then the committee on foreign affairs will now do its deliberation.

“I am not one under this situation to pre-empt whatever the committee is going to decide because the committee is made up of several responsible and experienced senators who have also been ambassadors themselves so they will know exactly what are required for people to be appointed as ambassadors to represent the country in whatever country.

“As leader of the Senate this will be brought to the floor of the Senate. The committee will do its work and after that they will bring the report to the Senate. I am sure all the questions will not escape the committee,” he added.

Hoodlums Set Sunday Igboho’s House On Fire

 

The house of Sunday Adeyemi ‘Igboho’, the man at the centre of the recent eviction controversy in Oyo State, was set ablaze in the early hours of Tuesday.

Confirming the incident to Channels Television, the Oyo State Police Command said it received a distress call about the fire around 6 am.

The distress report said some unidentified hoodlums had attacked Igboho’s house in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

Efforts are on to get to the root of the matter, police spokesman Gbenga Fadeyi said.

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“At about 0620 hrs of today 26/01/2021, report was received at Santo Police Station that some unidentified hoodlums came to Sunday Igboho’s house at SOKA area of Ibadan in a Hummer bus and Micra firing sporadically, and set the house ablaze,” the police statement said.

Mr Sunday Igboho's house was engulfed in flames on January 26, 2021.

 

“The mini sitting room got burnt in the process while amount of other properties is yet to be estimated

“Immediately the DPO Sanyo got wind of the incident, he contacted Fire service while he also went to the scene for on the spot assessment.

“The fire was eventually put out.

Mr Sunday Igboho's house was engulfed in flames on January 26, 2021.

“Investigation has commenced into the incident while the Police is on the trail of the hoodlums.”

Mr. Igboho, an Oyo indigene, has been a prominent figure in the recent tensions between herders and the local community in the Ibarapa area of Oyo State.

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He had allegedly issued an eviction notice to the herders over allegations of kidnappings, killings, rape, and other violent activities.

The ultimatum expired last week and Igboho held a massive rally in the community after which some houses and properties in the herder’s settlements were torched, according to the police.

Mr Sunday Igboho's house was engulfed in flames on January 26, 2021.

 

On Monday, South-West leaders met with the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to “find lasting solutions to the incessant killings, kidnapping, and crises between herdsmen and farmers in the Southwest geo-political zone of the country.”

After the meeting, all parties agreed to ban night grazing and under-age herding.

The illegal occupation of State Forest Reserves was also condemned at the meeting.

Igboho Reacts

Speaking on Tuesday after the house went up in flames, Igboho said property worth N50 million has been lost to the inferno.

He said the arsonists broke the gate to the building to gain entrance before setting the house on fire.

He added that the two people living in the house fled for their lives in the chaos.

Igboho also stressed that he was not a political thug available for hire.

“Around 03:30 am this morning, my siblings living in my old house came to alert me that some hoodlums were at the house, shooting sporadically, and that they had forced the gate open and set the house ablaze,” he said.

“My siblings escaped unhurt but my house was burnt. When we got there, the hoodlums had escaped so we called the fire service to put out the fire.

“I am surprised that some Yoruba people could be supporting killer herdsmen to destroy my house. This saddens me.

“My agitations are for all of us to come together against killer herdsmen who have been terrorizing the Yorubas by kidnapping, killing our brothers, and raping our women in Yoruba Land.

“To my amazement, some Yoruba people are aiding these killer herdsmen.
I expected them to come and attack my residence where I live now to show that they mean business.

“I assure you if they had, I would have been able to give you evidence of the hoodlums that did this.

“The property destroyed in that inferno would not be less than fifty million.”

 

Below are more photos of the razed house:

Mr Sunday Igboho's house was engulfed in flames on January 26, 2021.

 

Mr Sunday Igboho's house was engulfed in flames on January 26, 2021.

Mr Sunday Igboho's house was engulfed in flames on January 26, 2021.

Mr Sunday Igboho's house was engulfed in flames on January 26, 2021.

 

Mr Sunday Igboho's house was engulfed in flames on January 26, 2021.

 

Mr Sunday Igboho's house was engulfed in flames on January 26, 2021.

Mr Sunday Igboho's house was engulfed in flames on January 26, 2021.

 

22 Killed As Herdsmen, Farmers Clash In Chad

Chad

 

At least 22 people have been killed in southern Chad in the latest instance of deadly ethnic violence between nomadic herders and sedentary farmers, the communications minister said Friday.

A curfew was imposed in the Kabbia region where the fighting took place and 66 people were arrested following the incident on Monday and Tuesday, minister and government spokesman Cherif Mahamat Zene told AFP.

The trigger for the violence was cattle theft, sparked by the animals trampling farmers’ fields, another official said.

The clashes left 11 dead on each side — some hit with arrows — and a further 34 injured, the government spokesman said.

“Several villages on both sides were set on fire,” he added.

The confrontation began despite the local prefect’s mediation efforts on Monday.

Tensions between indigenous settled farmers and nomadic Arab herders in the arid Sahel have simmered for years, occasionally erupting into deadly clashes.

Most of the violence follows a similar script: herders, sometimes crossing the border from Sudan, drive their stock on to farmers’ fields, damaging crops and sparking a confrontation between the communities.

AFP

Three Confirmed Dead As Farmers And Herders Clash In Jigawa

US Condemns Killings In Nigeria, Calls For Prosecution Of Suspects
File photo of an aftermath scene of a clash between farmers and herdsmen.

 

Three persons are reported to have been killed on Saturday following a violent clash between farmers and herders in Guri Local Government Area of Jigawa State.

The Local Government Chairman, Barkono Jaji-Adiyani who confirmed the incident to journalists, said he witnessed the funeral of all the deceased.

Also, the Local Government Information officer, Sunusi Doro, added that the clashed occurred when a resident of Arin community was attacked and badly injured by some Fulani men who blocked him in a bush path.

He said the incident resulted to a violent clash between the already tense farmers and herders communities.

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He said all the victims are residents of Adiyani, a Kanuri dominated farming community.

The official identified the deceased as Muhammadu Baushe, Maigida Kolo, he said one other victim is yet to be identified by name.

However, when contacted the police Public relation officer in the state, SP Abdu Jinjiri said they are yet to receive a proper report from the police division in Guri Local Council.