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Fulani/Farmers’ Clash Claims 2 Lives In Kebbi

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BY YAHYA SARKI, Kebbi

Clash between fulani herdsmen and farmers has resulted in the death of a farmer in Giromasa village of Bagudo Local Government Area of Kebbi state. One other farmer was reported to have been missing. presumably drowned in a river.

Leadership Weekend revealed that the clash was over a disputed land between the two parties and that the latest fight  occurred on Wednesday evening after a Court in the state ruled in favour of Fulani herders on a river that separated them with Farmers in the village.

Following the Court Judgment, tension arose between them,as both parties still laying claims of being owners of the land where the river that separated them situated.

It was learnt that both parties have mobilised themselves with dangerous weapons ready to clash over the disputed land.

Reports reaching Leadership Weekend say that the State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Samaila Yombe Dabai was at the time of filing this story, having series of conciliatory meetings with the two warring factions in order to bring the situation under control.

Recall that last week Monday, Governor Abubakar Atiku Abubakar of Kebbi State and security agencies averted what would have been a reprisal attack of Fulani herders on a community of farmers after a farmer allegedly killed a cattle rearer Mallam Muhammad Rabo, a 32-year old resident of Mai Zagga village.

While confirming the incident, Kebbi state Police Public Relationship Officer(PPRO),DSP Suleiman Mustapha in a telephone interview with Leadership Weekend yesterday evening, confirmed the incident.

Mustapha said that only one person from the farmers’ side, died while another farmer was at press time, still missing.

He disclosed that the police are still searching for the missing farmer.

According to him, “ what I can confirm to you is that there was a clash between some Fulani and farmers over ownership of land that separates them. One farmer died and the body was recovered, but we are still looking for a missing farmer.”



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