4 killed in Fu­lani, Gbagyi clash

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Abubakar Haruna, Minna

Four peo­ple have been killed in a clash be­tween mem­bers of two tribes in the Lam­bata Buko town in Paikoro lo­cal gov­ern­ment area of Niger State.

Three of the de­ceased were Fu­lani men while one was a Gbagyi man. Three oth­ers have been de­clared miss­ing by the Miyetti Al­lah Cat­tle Breed­ers As­so­ci­a­tion which said sev­eral other peo­ple were in­jured.

Some houses, most of them thatched build­ings be­long­ing to both the Fu­lani and the Gbagyi res­i­dents, were burnt dur­ing the dis­tur­bance.

Trou­ble was said to have started when some Fu­lani boys graz­ing cat­tle in the area al­lowed the an­i­mals to stray into the farms of Gbagyi peo­ple, lead­ing to the de­struc­tion of sev­eral hectares of maize, sorghum, soya beans and yam farms.

The own­ers of the farm­lands were said to have tried to ar­rest the boys who led the cat­tle but they were said to have run to their set­tle­ments.

An ar­gu­ment later en­sued be­tween some Gbagyi men and the Fu­lani el­ders which led to a break­down of law and or­der and dan­ger­ous weapons were used by the two groups on each other, re­sult­ing in the death of the four peo­ple.

The Vice the Miyetti Pres­i­dent of Al­lah Cat­tle Breed­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, North Cen­tral Zone, Al­haji Hus­saini Bosso, re­ceived the corpses of the three Fu­lani vic­tims at the Minna Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal mor­tu­ary be­fore they were taken to Paiko town for burial.

Bosso de­scribed the in­ci­dent as sad and called on the po­lice to ap­pre­hend all those be­hind it.

Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer DSP Bala Elikana con­firmed the in­ci­dent, say­ing calm had re­turned to the com­mu­nity.

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