- Six herdsmen have escaped being attacked by irate youths in Delta state
- The herdsmen were said to have been rescued by community leaders in Torugbene community, Burutu local government area of the state
- The youths were said to have repelled an alleged attack on some farmers by the herdsmen in the community
A report by Vanguard indicates that six herdsmen were on Thursday, February 1, rescued by community leaders at Torugbene community, Burutu local government area after youths in the area reportedly repelled an alleged attack on some farmers by the herdsmen.
However, eight cows belonging to the herdsmen were said to have been killed by the youths over what they described as the continued destruction of their farm produce by their herds.
Eyewitnesses quoted in the report said the herdsmen had tried to attack a female farmer who raised an alarm, drawing the attention of her sons and other youths of the community who came to her rescue.
One of the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, noted that farmers in the community have been having a running battle over the years with herdsmen who graze their herds on their farms.
“They invaded the woman’s farm and when she accosted them on the rationale for their actions, they attacked her, leading to a confrontation with youths from the community who mobilised to the farm to rescue the woman.
“It took the intervention of elders of the community who intervened and rescued the herdsmen from being lynched, but unfortunately, 8 of their herds were killed while the impasse lasted,” a source said.
Meanwhile, Right Without Violence, an NGO, has called on the federal government to adopt urgent measures to end the lingering herdsmen/farmers crisis in order to prevent a national disaster.
Addressing a news conference in Zaria, Kaduna state, on Wednesday, January 31, the coordinator of the NGO, Dr Ahmed Suleiman, said the appeal was a wake up call on the government to act immediately on the crisis.
“Our survival as a nation is at stake. Nigeria is known to play the brink only to draw back to our senses at the last point. This has been the usual game; we cannot sit down helplessly and watch ourselves over the precipice into self-destruction,” he said.
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