Unending bloodbath: Another five killed in Fulani, villagers’ clash in Niger

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i invasion of a community by herdsmen

Niger State was thrown into mourning on Monday following a clash between Fulani herdsmen and villagers that claimed the lives of five people.

The clash took place  on Sunday night in Tungan Malam, a cattle market  in the Paikoro Local Government Area of the state.

The clash was said to have occurred after a heated argument between a villager and a Fulani youth in the Tungan Malam market.

An eyewitness said as the argument degenerated and the Fulani youth reportedly stabbed the villager to death resulting in his people staging a reprisal.

The involvement of other villagers,  our correspondent learnt, led to the death of four Fulani herdsmen before the situation was brought under control.

It was gathered that no one was sure of what caused the argument between the Fulani youth and the villager that resulted in the loss of lives of the four others.

However, the police claimed that the fracas occurred at a beer parlour within the community and that the actors could have been under the influence of alcohol.

Paiko Local Government is one of the areas in the state where sale and consumption of alcohol and related beverages is banned under the existing Shariah law.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, when contacted confirmed the incident, saying “ it happened on Sunday evening.”

Elkana confirmed the death of four people.

The police spokesman said three people had been arrested in connection with the disturbance while security in the area had been beefed up. Punch

Meanwhile, the unbelievable happened in Gbara Ward, Mokwa Local Government Area of Niger State, Saturday night, when herdsmen invaded Etogi community mosque and killed 21 people.

Vanguard gathered that there had been a disagreement between some young men of Northern extraction and members of the community, during which a herdsman was killed.

The herdsman had earlier demanded for a piece of land close to the community to farm on, with an agreement that a certain percentage will be paid annually to the Village Head. The agreement eventually collapsed.

When the herdsmen were asked to honour the agreement, they reportedly refused, claiming real ownership of the land, which led to a fight that resulted in the death of the herdsman.

It was gathered that the other herdsmen mobilised and attacked the community mosque, when Muslim faithful were observing their early morning prayers.

An eyewitness, Malam Mairo Mohammed, who confirmed the incident to Vanguard on phone, said that the attackers killed the Iman of the community and all other worshippers.

Many of the women and children, who were woken up by the gunshots, hurriedly took to their heels, sustaining severe injuries in the process.

Police, DSS deployed

Contacted, the state Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, confirmed the report, adding that 21 people have been confirmed killed during the violence.

Elkana said: “It is confirmed that the attack was a reprisal to an earlier killing of a herder by the villagers. The killing of a herder was managed, but it appears they were not satisfied and decided to retaliate.

“Twenty one people were killed, while eight people sustained various degrees of injuries during the attack.”

Elkana also said mobile policemen have been deployed to the community, while the Department of State Services, DSS, and officers of the command’s Criminal Investigation Department were also on ground to keep peace.

He called on members of the community to cease fire and cooperate with security agents to restore peace to the area. Vanguard

 

 

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