1 Killed as Farmers, Herdsmen Clash in Nasarawa State
The Nasarawa State Police Command has confirmed that one man has been killed after fresh outbreak of violence between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in the Awe Local Government Area of the state.
Three others reportedly sustained varying degrees of injury in the skirmish between the two groups; a skirmish that has been ongoing for years.
In a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in Nasarawa, DSP Idrisu Kennedy, Hassan Papalolo, 28, was stabbed to death as he joined others to protest against the destruction of a farm by herdsmen, Punch writes.
He stated that Papalolo died from an injury sustained after he was stabbed when he and other youths accosted some Fulani herdsmen over the attack on a farmer, Yunusa Makeri, by suspected herdsmen.
“The deceased was killed in Awe market during a skirmish between some youths and Fulani herdsmen immediately after the injured farmer, Yunusa Makeri, and two herders were brought to the general hospital with machete wounds,” said Kennedy, who added that the command had deployed more personnel in the area to maintain law and order.
It is understood that it took the intervention of the Emir of Awe, Alhaji Abubakar Umar, to allow medical personnel to attend to the two injured herdsmen, as irate youths had insisted they would not be treated.
Meanwhile, the state chairman of the Miyatti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Muhammed Hussaini, said the vigilance group in Awe had arrested the herdsman who destroyed the farm which led to the skirmish.
He blamed the Awe youths for over-reacting, stating that the matter would not have degenerated if they had exercised restraint.
Marauding Fulani herdsmen continue to pose a threat to farmers and settlements in the north-central and southern parts of the country.
And in the light of government’s seeming inaction, local communities have begun to take laws into their hands, leading to increased, and often deadly clashes with the murderous herders.