Fu­lani, Gbagyi clash dis­places 250 in Niger Govt vows to pros­e­cute cul­prits

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Abubakar Haruna (Minna) with agency re­port

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

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