The Nigeria Police said the killing of 30 persons in Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State was due to an attack on a Fulani herder.
According to a statement signed by Ramhan Nansel, Police spokesperson in the state, at least 14 bodies have been recovered from what was tagged a farmer-herder clash.
CONVERSEER learned that the ugly incident happened between Thursday and the early hours of Friday through to Sunday after a mass burial was conducted for over 30 people.
The Police statement read in part:
“As of 11/5/2023 at about 2200hrs, information was received that one Jibo Alhaji Ali, 18yrs and Fulani by tribe was attacked by unidentified persons while on his way to Kwaja village, Gitata.
“Upon receipt of the information, police operatives attached to Gitata division raced to the scene and rushed the victim with a machete cut on his head to Na-Allah private hospital, Gitata where he died while receiving treatment.
“Sequel to the above, information was received that Tarkalafia and Kwaja villages were attacked.
“Reacting to the above, the commissioner of police, CP Maiyaki Baba, deployed police operatives comprising of mobile police personnel, counter-terrorism unit, and the military to the area where 14 corpses were recovered and taken to the hospital and subsequently buried.”
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According to The Whistler, the issue began when a herdsman let his cows graze on farmland.
The herdsman was reportedly killed as a result of both parties using weapons after the farmer reacted strongly to the development.
The worst-hit villages in Karu LGA are Tarkalafia and Kwaja.
In response to the tragedy, the state’s deputy governor, Emmanuel Akabe, vowed to look into the matter and bring those responsible to justice.
Additionally, Akabe pledged to offer the local displaced population humanitarian supplies.
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