Six die in farmers-herdsmen clash in northern Nigeria

Dutse- Nigeria (PANA) -- A clash between farmers and Fulani herdsmen in Miga, Nigeria's northern Jigawa State, left six persons dead and four injured, police said Thursday.
At least 50 donkeys belonging to the herdsmen, suspected to be from neighbouring Niger Republic, were also killed in the clash late Wednesday.
Seven persons and 50 donkeys were detained by the police after the clash.
Eyewitness accounts said the fighting erupted after the herdsmen grazed their donkeys on farmlands in the town, and reportedly destroyed many crops in the process.
The development angered the farmers, who engaged the herdsmen in a fierce battle, using machetes and other weapons, the report said.
Jigawa Police Commissioner, Abubakar Saleh Ningi, said a detachment of mobile policemen had been deployed to the area to restore peace.
With clashes between herdsmen and farmers now becoming a yearly occurrence in the area, Nigeria police said they plan to reach out to their counterparts in Niger to find a lasting solution to the problem.

06 may 2004 19:16:00




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