Six feared killed in farmers, herdsmen clashes in Adamawa

Herdsmen
Herdsmen used to illustrate the story.

At least six people were reportedly killed in separate clashes between farmers and herdsmen in Yola South Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

The first incident occurred on Wednesday when some herdsmen damaged a farm in Sangere, a suburb of Yola, the Adamawa State capital.

Witnesses said a security guard named Gibson Nathan who was engaged by the owner of the farm challenged the herders for encroaching on the farm.

They responded by “attacking and killing him,” a resident of the area said.

The resident also said the herders “hacked Nathan to death with their sharp axes beyond recognition before leaving the scene”

Similarly, four members of the same family were reportedky attacked and killed in their farm by some herdsmen on Friday at Tudun-Hassan Village, adjacent to the popular Malkohi IDP’s Camp also in Yola South Local Government Area.

Trouble began for the farmers when a group of herdsmen led their cattle
Into the farm and began destroying the farm products.

“By the time they asked the rearers what informed their illegal action, the next thing was physical assault using dangerous weapons which resulted to their untimely deaths,” a witness, Baba Abdul, said.

He alleged that a policeman who was living close to the farm “rushed to offer help but was also killed by the herdsmen.”

PREMIUM TIMES could not independently verify the killing of the policeman.

In yet another attack, a group of herdsmen led their cattle into a farm
at Tashan Jinga Village also in Yola South Local Government.

Residents, however, said the farmers sent a distress call to Agro-Rangers unit of the Nigeria Security And Civil Defence Corps,NSCDC, Adamawa State command.

The NSCDC team who arrived the scene were allegedly attacked with poisonous arrows by the herdsmen.

A witness said the bullets fired by the security agents appeared not to penetrate the herdsmen, adding “the situation made the defence corps to retreat back for re-enforcement but one officer had already sustained serious injury as a result of multiple cuts he received.”

He also said “the Toyota Hilux vehicle used in the operation was badly smashed by the herdsmen while one of their rifle was carted away by the herdsmen in the quagmire”.

Confirming the incident, spokesperson of the NSCDC in the state, Suleiman Baba, said, “It was true that our men on rescue operation were attacked by some herdsmen along Yola area on Saturday.

“The Agro-Rangers were ambushed on their way to the troubled farm. They (herdsmen) laid attack even before our men can take positions.

“During this fierce battle, two officers were injured and one was beaten with sticks and macheted and is being hospitalised at Yola Specialist Hospital,” he said.

On the missing rifle, Mr. Baba said one of their rifle “got missing” during the fight but was quick to add that “two of the suspects were apprehended” and that the missing rifle “will surely come out in due course.”

However, the spokesperson of the Adamawa Police Command, Othman Abubakar, said although he was aware of Mr. Nathan’s killing, he is yet to be officially briefed on the other incidents.

Mr. Abubakar said he is only aware of a clash between farmers and herders in Yolde-patte, also a suburb of Yola, where, he said, the police arrested over two hundred cows that destroyed some farms.

He said owners of the cattle had already agreed to pay for the damages caused by their animals.


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  • Ola

    When will the Buhari administration and the APC put paid to the atrocities of Fulani herdsmen? The government is failing in one of its primary responsibilities of protecting lives and properties if these fools continued in their wanton destruction of lives and properties, and the government continues to look the other side.

    • forestgee

      ….it will only end when PMB is out of power.

    • Ndidi

      Apart from terrorist murder, the herdsmen are also destroying Nigeria’s food source when they destroy farms. So who has given them the order to do that? Who is protecting them?
      We urgently need to RESTRUCTURE so that each Zone/region can decide what to do about herdsmen and the federal government doesn’t force herdsman terrorism on us all.

  • Nicolas

    Nigerians​ are enjoying the evil change brought by Buhari and his brothers.

    • Ndidi

      And Buhari will send the army against IPOB who haven’t killed anyone or destroyed anybody’s farm/business. But when herdsmen kill farmers plus destroy farms (that is destroy Nigeria’s food source), no army or police go after them. The herdsmen are given the full OK to carry on as terrorists when they could be easily stopped by being made to set up ranches/cattle farms – just like all other kinds of farmers have to.

      • Otile

        The herdsmen are very strong. If the government really wants to end Boko Haram war they can dispatch dozens of strong herdsmen to wipe out Boko boys.

      • GusO

        You’re displaying selective memory. IPOB supporters killed Innocent Hausa men in Rivers State and five Hausa men in Asaba market just before they were proscribed. I was concerned that Hausa men in the North might revenge the unprovoked killings which would have led back to 1967 pogrom of Igbo’s and Southerners in the North and another civil war. The South can always do a tit-for-tat killings with the North but in my opinion, the South will always loose out because there are by far more southerners living in the North than the other way around. Besides, mere pretenders and criminals like IPOB should not be allowed to bring chaos and war to Nigeria while intelligent people look the other way.

  • Bola

    Owners of the cattle had already agreed to pay for the damages caused by their animals, how can they pay for the death of one person talk less of many. This statement shows the owners of these cattle are untouchable if not they should have been held responsible for the actions of the herdsmen. I dont know why military actions are not launched against this TERRORISTS.

    • Patriotism

      You misunderstood the reporter. They are different incident reported. According to the reporter, the one at yolde party is confirmed by the police spoke person.
      “Mr. Abubakar said he is only aware of a clash between farmers and herders in Yolde-patte, also a suburb of Yola, where, he said, the police arrested over two hundred cows that destroyed some farms.
      He said owners of the cattle had already agreed to pay for the damages caused by their animals.”
      The damage refers to farms not human being as it is in other incidence in the state.
      May God restore peace in Nigeria, Africa and the world at large.

  • AryLoyds

    Which animal is more intelligent than a fulani cattle herdsman?
    A. Monkey
    B. Cow
    C. Hyena
    D. Jackal
    C. ALL OF THE ABOVE.

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  • John Middle Belt

    When will the AGF proscribe this fulani killers terrorist?

  • KBE

    You can only contain, reduce or eliminate this unnecessary waste of human lives if the marauders are limited to locations. Fulani herdsmen have become lawless and a menace. It’s now time to speak with one voice in support of ranching. It is Adamawa today it could be any other state tomorrow. We all need to also speak in support of those states that have passed anti open grazing law. Thank you.