4 dead as Fulani herdsmen, farmers face-off

A communal clash between members of the Fulani and Gwari tribes in Lambata, Gurara Local Government Area of Niger State has left at least four persons dead.

The clash, which took place on Thursday evening, resulted in the death of three Fulani men and one man from Gwari while three persons have been declared missing by umbrella union of Fulani herdsmen, Mayetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association.

Houses were burnt during the fracas and about N850, 000 cash was reportedly stolen in the process.

The Punch reports that the crisis began when some Fulani boys allowed their cattle to stray into the farmlands of the Gwari people, destroying several crops in the process.

The Fulani boys then fled to the Fulani settlement when the owners of the land had attempted to catch them.

A disagreement ensued between Fulani elders and some Gwari men over the farm destruction, leading to a complete breakdown of law and order.

The bodies of the dead Fulani herdsmen were received by the Vice President of the Mayetti Cattle Breeders Association, North Central Zone, Alhaji Huassaini Bosso, at the Minna General Hospital mortuary.

They were, thereafter, taken to Paiko town for burial.

The spokesperson of the Niger State Police Command, Bala Elikana, confirmed the bloody face-off.

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