Herdsmen silently sack community in Niger state

Hundreds of residents have fled their homes in Niger State following clashes between Fulani herdsmen and Gbagyi farmers in Niger state.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the renewed clashes claimed the lives of about five persons.

The worst hit community is Bara-Kuta, in Bosso Local Government Area. Properties worth millions were destroyed in the carnage.

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The Director General of Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) in Niger State, Malam Ahmed Inga, confirmed the attacks today to reporters in Minna.

According to Malam Inga, “The displaced people are being resettled in a school in Bosso while reconciliation was ongoing toward returning them to their homes.

“The State Government has established links with the herdsmen and the farmers.

“The plan is geared toward restoring lasting peace in the area to enable the Gbagyis go back to their homes and attend to their farms.

“We have to do everything possible to make sure that peace returns to the community to ensure the security of lives and property’’, Inga stated.

Inga clarified that the present peace move and truce between the warring factions is being brokered by Emir of Minna, Alhaji Umaru Bahago.

Other prominent figures involved in the peace move includes the state’s Commissioner for Sports Development, Alhaji Mamman Bosso, as well as security agencies.

Inga also stated that 167 houses were burnt while 17 motorbikes and other properties were destroyed during the clash.

The Niger State government had provided food, medicals and security for the IDPs in the camp.

Inga said relief materials were also being provided to the IDP’s by NGOs, religious bodies and individuals in the state.

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One of the internally displaced mothers thanked the government for taking care of them. “We thank government and others for taking care of us here.

“But we want to go back home to build back our lives as we have lost a lot from this incident’’, she said.

Gov. Sani Bello paid a courtesy visit to the community yesterday (Monday) where he sued for peace and pledged to bring perpetrators of the violence to book.