A fresh killing of four villagers in Adamawa state followed a midnight attack by some suspected herdsmen who invaded the Kikon village in Numan local government area of the state. The herdsmen invaded the village on Sunday.
Multiple reports by Nigeria’s media said a section of the farm owned by a former secretary to the Federal Government, Chief Olu Falae has been set on fire. Herdsmen are being accused of torching the farm located in Ilado Village.
The presidency has warned that some of the looters in Nigeria are blackmailing President Muhammadu Buhari with the ongoing killings in Benue state. He also said these people are using many other issues against Buhari.
Some indigenes of Benue state have taken their search for justice for victims of herdsmen killings to the National Assembly. They asked the legislators to intervene and ensure that all those behind the killings are punished.
The letter signed for the group by Ahmed Shehu and two others said SGAG finds it appalling that the use of the name of an ethnic group in reference to acts of violence which involved herders could lead to cleansing.
Despite the state govt's insistence that there are no armed militia groups in Benue, the Nigeria police have confirmed that armed militia groups exist in the state, adding that they are investigating the source of the firearms.
The herders-farmers clashes in Nigeria have worsened in recent years and are spreading southward, threatening the country’s security/stability. NAIJ.com provides nine important facts to know about the herders-farmers conflicts.
Also describing the anti-open grazing law introduced by some state government as “unfortunate", the commissioner for livestock production, Salihu said such laws would not solve the lingering farmers/herdsmen crisis.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Mohammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has said the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has no control over any Fulani man. The Sultan said the group was formed over 32 years ago.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is chairing a committee comprising of nine state governors saddled with the responsibility of ending the herdsmen’s killings being witnessed in parts of the country. The resolution was reached in Abuja
The police on Thursday, January 18, arraigned a 20 - year-old cattle header, Ibrahim Yau, at a Makurdi court for alleged criminal conspiracy and open grazing. The accused was arrested by members of Benue Vigilance Group.
A woman, said to be a Tiv from Benue state, has been shot dead in a farm settlement at Orin community in Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti state. Community sources claimed that the attack which took the life of the woman.
As herdsmen/farmers clash gets rampant in the country, Kwara state government has cried out over community leaders allowing herdsmen or other individuals into their communities without the knowledge of the Emir of Ilorin.
A community leader in Kogi state, Alhassan Ejike, has issued a warning to the governor of the state, Yahaya Bello, saying that the latter should not venture into the establishment of cattle colonies in any part of the state.
Some indigenes of Benue state on Thursday January 18, stormed the Unity Fountain in Abuja to protest the on going carnage in the state. One of the protesters, said it is important for the world to see what has been happening.
The Nigeria police have accused some politicians of frustrating its efforts in tackling the herdsmen/farmers’ crisis in Benue and other parts of the country. The force said utterances by some politicians are worsening the crisis.
Dr. Paul Unongo, on Wednesday, January 17, resigned as the chairman of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), after an emergency meeting of the forum which was held in Abuja and attended by stakeholders of the group.
There is therefore, there is the need for a rethink, as no problem among brothers would defy solution with dialogue. And it imposes the necessity to re-embrace the Kaduna tradition with its motley of dialogue vents for peace.
The Senator representing Kaduna Central in the Senate, Shehu Sani, on Wednesday, January 17, said Benue leaders should rather stay in their homes to be visited by President Buhari instead of visiting the president in Aso Rock.
The special adviser to President Buhari on political matters, Babafemi Ojudu, has urged herdsmen to embrace the modern, systematic and technological way of rearing cattle in the country. Ojudu gave the advice on Wednesday.
A member of the Lincolns’ Inn, London, Daniel Bwala, has stated that what will determine the success or failure of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 re-election bid will be how he is able to handle the Benue crisis.
The claim by the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, that over 800 Fulani people were killed in Taraba state last year has been dismissed as a lie by the Taraba state government and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).