23 February 2013

Nigeria: Settlements Razed in Fulani Herdsmen, Farmers Brawl

Thirteen settlements allegedly belonging to Fulani herdsmen were burnt down at Tumbarangabili village, Michika Local Government Area, Adamawa State, following a row between them and farmers in the area.

An eye witness told to THISDAY that the clash started in the area when a corpse of a missing female resident of Tumbarangabili Village was found in a forest along the grazing routes of the Fulani herdsmen's settlement near the village.

The eyewitness who pleaded anonymity, further said: "The deceased woman left home to harvest her farm produce only to be attacked by unidentified assailants", adding that "before the corpse was found, the deceased had been missing from home for two days which informed the raising of a search team that discovered her dead body in the said forest".

He explained that the body was mutilated with a sharp object believed to be a knife by her assailants which made the youths in the village to launch attacks on any visible settlements of nomads in the area.

The source further disclosed that the nature in which the deceased was murdered aroused suspicion following the antecedent and antics of the Fulani herdsmen in the area.

He added that, about 13 settlements belonging to nomads were completely destroyed by the youths before the intervention of the police and chairman of Michika Local Government Area, Mr. Vandi Favanza, who prevented a bloody encounter between the youths and nomads.

The source also said that the nomads had earlier denied being responsible the deceased's death.

Adamawa State Police Public Relations Officer, Ibrahim Muhammad, a deputy superintendent of police, confirmed the incident, but added that the command was yet to be briefed fully on the matter.

Copyright © 2013 This Day. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.