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  • Updated: June 13, 2024

Farmers, herders clash claims three lives in Niger

Farmers, herders clash claims three lives in Niger

A violent clash between herders and farmers in Kwali village, Gwada, Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, has reportedly resulted in the deaths of three people.

The incident, which occurred on Thursday, has heightened tensions in the area.

The conflict was triggered by a disagreement between a farmer named Salihu Adamu and a herdsman identified as Usman Sarki.

 According to local sources, the trouble began when Usman Sarki brought his cows to graze on Salihu Adamu's farm, causing significant damage to the crops. This led to a heated confrontation between the two men.

After their argument, Salihu Adamu returned to his work, but Usman Sarki, still angry about the confrontation, allegedly attacked Adamu from behind with a machete.

This violent act escalated the situation, resulting in a clash that left three people dead.

The incident underscores the ongoing tensions and frequent conflicts between herders and farmers in Nigeria, often rooted in disputes over land and resources.

Authorities are likely to be involved in managing the situation and preventing further violence in the area.

“The attack resulted in the death of the farmer, and angered by the situation, his people mobilised and followed the herder to his settlement, where they lynched him along with one other person,” the source said.

Confirming the incident, the Niger State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Wasiu Abiodun, in Minna, said the command received information on Thursday from the Gwada Division that there was a feud between herders and farmers.

Abiodun, in a statement, disclosed: “Some persons were in the farm at Kwali village via Gwada, while one Usman Sarki reared his cattle into the farm and in the process of chasing the cattle out of the farm, the said Sarki inflicted a deep machete cut on the head of Salihu Adamu in the farm and he died on the spot. As a result of this, some persons from the village mobilised and burned the nearby Fulani camp and vice versa.”

The police PRO also said the patrol team of Gwada Division, led by the DPO and vigilante members, moved to the scene and normalcy was restored.

He further added that effort was ongoing to arrest fleeing suspects responsible for culpable homicide and mischief by fire in the area.

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