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How Herdsmen Sacked Two  Communities, Razed 27 Houses In Nasarawa

Fulani herdsmen renew attack in Nasarawa

Funsho Akinwale

No fewer than 27 houses in the Merte and Nendem villages in Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa State have been razed down by suspected herdsmen

The Nasarawa State police spokesman, ASP Samaila Usman, who confirmed the incident to the media on Monday, said that some youths in the community were responsible for the scuffle in the area.

He said trouble had started on Saturday, March 23, when suspected herdsmen assaulted and raped a lady in the area who later died at the state general hospital

“Suspected Mada youths mobilised and attacked a Fulani settlement in the area, killed one person and some animals in the process.

“Later, some suspected Fulanis, in a reprisal attack, touched Merte and Nendem villages, burning 27 houses,” Usman said.

He added that, apart from the lady in question that died as a result of the attack and the Fulani that was murdered in retaliation, no other casualty was recorded.

Presently, normalcy is said to have returned to the community as the Nasarawa State Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe, has deployed his uniformed men to maintain peace and order in the area.

Usman hinted further that the CP has also swung into action to summon a stakeholders’ meeting in the affected community to ensure amicable solution is put in place to avoid any future occurrence.

The massacre of the suspected herdsmen has continued to be on the rise across the country, with the Federal Government not finding a solution to the menace.

In the last three years, some have lost lives while many have been rendered useless.

Their major targets have always been farmers, food barns and helpless Christians as well as communities, which they raze down.