Herder threatens farmer after stealing yam in Abuja suburb
In Fadama, residents said they drink from a contaminated river. The residents of the community in Kwali Area Council, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), said lack of potable water top their wish list for the area council authorities. The community head, Alhaji Yusuf Seriki Numa said the only water source in the community is River Gurara, which he said, is not pure enough for drinking. The chief, who spoke through his son, Garba Yusuf, said a crude oil pipeline that passed through the water contaminates it.
The pipeline, he said adds to several debris found in the river. He said on many occasions, residents have suffered from skin irritations and sickness owing to the river. Abdullahi Barde, another resident, said the government has not provided the community with any social amenity. Barde, who said the residents are not happy with the condition of the community, explained that children walk to primary and secondary schools in neighbouring Gomani and Pai respectively. A middle-aged herder, identified as Murida Usman, was on Saturday evening alleged to have threatened to kill a farmer after he was caught with some tubers of yam in a farm at Gunagu village in Kuje Area Council in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
A relative of the farmer, Josiah Amos, said the incident happened around 5:23 pm as the farmer was about to leave his farm and the herder sneaked in and removed three tubers of yam from the ridges.
He said the farmer saw the Fulani man while he was about to go home, and hid behind a tree, adding that after the herder looked round and did not see the farmer, he allegedly entered the farm.
According to Amos, the farmer immediately walked up to the Fulani man to ask him why he removed yams from his farm, a situation he said resulted to altercation between the farmer and herder.
He alleged that the herder brandished a cutlass and threatened to kill the farmer.
He said the Fulani man, who was migrating with his herd of cattle from neigbouring Sabo village, was later prevailed upon by some elders to sheath his cutlass, after some youth from the village got wind of the incident and mobilized themselves to the farm.
“When the Fulani man’s brother saw that a major crisis was about to erupt, he begged for the brother to be forgiven. The elders of the village intervened and the angry youths of the area who could have easily lynched the herder calmed down,” he said.
When contacted, men of the Kwaku police outpost said the outpost was aware of the matter, and that the village head and some elders of the community had waded in and resolved the matter.