Fulani, Gbagyi clash displaces 250 in Niger Govt vows to prosecute culprits
No fewer than 250 people have been displaced due to a clash between Fulani herdsmen and Gbagyi farmers in Niger state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the clash led to the death of four persons and destruction of property in Bara-kuta in Bosso Local Government Area on Friday.
Ahmed Inga, Director General, Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Minna yesterday.
He said the displaced people were being resettled in a school in Bosso while reconciliation was ongoing toward returning them to their homes.
“The state government has established links with the herdsmen and the farmers toward restoring lasting peace in the area to enable the Gwagyis go back to their homes and attend to their farms. We have to do everything possible to make sure that peace returns to the community to ensure the security of lives and property,” he said.
Mr. Inga said the peace initiative was being brokered by the state Commissioner for Sports Development, Mamman Bosso, the Emir of Minna, Umaru Bahago as well as security agencies.
The director general added that 167 houses were burnt while 17 motorcycles and other property were destroyed during the clash.
He said the state government had provided food, medicals and security for the IDPs in the camp, and that relief materials were also being provided to the IDPs by NGOs, religious bodies and individuals in the state.
Salamatu Bala, one of the IDPs and a mother of three, called on the government to speed up the process of returning them to their homes.
Meanwhile, the Niger State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has vowed to bring the masterminds of the weekend violent clashes to book.
He made this declaration yesterday at Bosso Primary School, Bosso when he visited some displaced women and children from Bara-Kuta fracas after he had visited the scenes of the clashes in the two communities.
No fewer than four persons were killed in the skirmishes at Lamba while seven lives were lost in Bara-Kuta between Friday and Sunday.
The governor lawlessness would not condoned in the state.
“I have instructed the chairmen of the affected councils, Commissioner of Police and my Special Adviser, Security to fish out the masterminds of the two clashes as well as their accomplices. I have also directed for comprehensive investigations into the incidents with a view to prosecuting the culprits,” he said. said be