- A clash that was averted by the governor of Kebbi state, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, and some security agents
- The tension was a result of the alleged killing of a herdsman who was accused of destroying a farmland with his cattle
- The police say the farmer who allegedly killed the herdsman had been arrested
What would have turned out as a major clash between herdsmen and residents in a community in Kebbi state was reportedly averted by Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and security agencies in the evening of Monday, December 11.
The alleged proposed reprisal was reportedly the result of a killed cattle herder, whose name was given as Mallam Muhamadu Rabo, a 32-year-old resident of Mai Zagga village in the state.
Daily Sun reports that late Rabo was accused by one Muhammad Karo and his son, Bashir Muhammad, of destroying his farm produce.
The disagreement that ensued allegedly led to the death of the herdsman, who was reportedly hit with an object.
The late herdsman’s colleagues were reportedly mobilizing to avenge the death when the governor and security agencies intervened.
It was learnt that the governor paid an unscheduled visit to the village where he appealed to aggrieved herdsmen to sheath their swords.
Alhaji Muazu Dankingeri, the governor’s spokesperson, in a statement, quoted Bagudu, as appealing to the father of the deceased and others to maintain the peace.
He also reportedly promised to ensure justice is done on the issue.
“The governor prayed Allah to grant the deceased eternal rest and his father fortitude to bear the loss.
“He also commended the people of Mai-Zagga and other Fulani settlement for not embarking on revenge mission assuring that justice would take its course,” he said.
The report said the father of the deceased thanked Governor Bagudu for his visit and financial support to the family. He promised that the people of the area would not revenge the death of his son.
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The police public relation officer of the Kebbi state police command, DSP Suleiman Mustapha, said the farmer had been arrested and was in custody.
Legit.ng earlier reported how the enactment of anti-open grazing in Benue state by Governor Samuel Ortom led to the influx of herdsmen into Nasarawa, a neighbouring state.
The report quoted Daily Sun as stating that the massive migration due to this new law has sparked fresh crisis in Nasarawa and a farmer has already been found murdered in his farm.
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