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Five killed by suspected herdsmen in Nassarawa

By: Bisola Bello April 12, 2018
Fulani Herdsmen

The police command in Nasarawa state has confirmed five persons killed in a fresh attack on Kadarko village and environs in Obi local government area, on Tuesday, April 10.

Kennedy Idirisu, the command’s spokesman, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, April 11, in Lafia that the attackers invaded the village at night and shot everyone on sight.

He said the command had deployed adequate personnel to quell the attacks, adding that relative normalcy had returned to the area.

He said that the command had arrested three suspects in connection with the Kadarko attacks, but explained that the situation was “a bit tense”.

According to him, the state commissioner of police, Alhaji Ahmed Bello, is already on his way to the affected areas for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation.

A resident of Kadarko village, who spoke on the Tuesday attack, told NAN that the trouble started when a 17- year-old boy had his arm chopped off by unknown persons suspected to be herdsmen.

The source, who craved anonymity, said that the attackers later stormed the village at night, shooting sporadically at anyone on sight.

“Even the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp was not spared,” he said, adding that many people were injured in the stampede as women and children scampered for safety.

NAN recalled that Kadarko village was attacked on January 29 by gunmen that killed seven persons.

Meanwhile, the National Food Security Council warned that if efforts are not intensified to create cattle ranches or provide better security against rustling in the country, the deadly clashes between farmers and herdsmen could worsen by 2019.

According to The Nation, the warning was given on Monday, April 9, during a meeting at the Presidential Villa which was chaired by the Kebbi state governor, Atiku Bagudu.

The Council urged President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly approve the establishment and training of agro-rangers who would serve as a special unit to assist security agencies check the clashes between herdsmen and farmers.



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