Dozens feared dead in Nigeria clash

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Dozens are feared to have died and thousands displaced in the latest clash between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in several Tiv communities in the border areas of Nigeria's central Benue and Nasarawa states, according to relief officials and local newspapers Friday.

While the private Thisday newspapers reported that at least 50 persons have been killed and thousands displaced, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said figures are still being compiled.

On Friday, NEMA Spokesman Yishau Shuaibu confirmed that many people have been displaced by the clashes, but refused to give a definite number.

He said the agency had started assisting those displaced by the fighting, which has spread to Tiv settlements in Dooga, Kpata, Lokobi Ajimaka, Ekeae, Giza, Yogbo and Mbagwem communities, in Benue.

''Our people are in the area collating the necessary information so we can know the level of assistance to offer,'' he said, without giving details of those killed or displaced.

Thisday reported that property worth millions of naira were destroyed by the Fulani herdsmen, and ther over 350 persons have yet to be accounted for.

The paper also reported that the Speaker of the Benue House of Assembly, Dave Iorhemba, had visited the camp for the displaced at the LGEA Primary School in Kadarko area of Nasarawa.

Fulani cattle rearers and Tiv farmers have clashed incessantly in the border areas over grazing rights, among other disagreements.
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02 december 2011 12:06:26

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