Suspected Fulani Herdsmen Kill 21 in Niger State

No fewer than 21 people including the Imam of the village in Mokwa Local Government Area of Niger State have been reportedly killed by rampaging Fulani herdsmen.
They were said to have been attacked in the early hours of Sunday, while observing their early morning prayers in a mosque.
It was gathered that the attack was as a result of an earlier disagreement between some Fulani youths and members of the affected community which resulted in the death of a herdsman.
The disagreement reportedly started when a Fulani herder failed to keep his end of a bargain by remitting the percentage of the proceed of the land given to them by the villagers which was meant to be paid to the village head.
The reports said the herdsman rather than pay the rent turned around to insist the land belongs to them. Altercation was said to have escalated to a fight which led to the death of a Fulani herdsman.
It what looked a revenge mission, gunmen later stormed the village and killed everyone in the mosque including the Imam, according to a witness account.
The Niger State Police Command confirmed that the attack was a reprisal of the disagreement that led to a Fulani herder’s death.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana who said 21 people were killed explained that the killing of a herder was managed,” but it appears they were not satisfied and decided to retaliate.”
According to him, eight people who sustained various degrees of injuries due to the commotion that occurred during the attack are currently recuperating in a nearby hospital.
Elkana also said peace has been restored to the community as mobile policemen have been deployed to ensure that there is no more trouble from any of the affected parties.

Author: News Editor

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