- Alkasim Sanusi, commissioner of police in Taraba, launches investigation into a clash between herdsmen and farmers in the state
- Sanusi confirms that the incident was reported to his command and that security operatives have been deployed to the affected area
- Locals say five people were killed and some houses razed in the attack by the suspected herdsmen on the community
The commissioner of the Taraba command of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Alkasim Sanusi, has launched investigation into the circumstance that led to a clash between farmers and suspected herdsmen in the state.
It was learnt that the incident, which occurred in Murbai community of Ardo Kola local government area of the state, led to the death of five people.
According to Channels Television, the attack on the community started on Monday, May 6, at Yowai community under Jalingo local government area.
It then reportedly escalated to Yelwa in Abare community of Ardo-kola local government area on Tuesday, May 7.
The report quoted some members of the community as saying the attackers rode on motorcycles and shot sporadically and that this led to the death of some people while some houses were razed.
They alleged that the suspected herdsmen also raided other communities.
The commissioner of police confirmed the incident adding that security operatives had been deployed to the affected communities to restore normalcy.
Legit.ng earlier reported that not less than 300 herdsmen reportedly invaded the Umuorii Uratta community in Owerri north council, Imo state, killing a Benue native and leaving an individual injured.
According to Daily Sun, it all began when the herdsmen made attempts to forcefully graze their cattle in the premises of one Kenityz Plaza in the area.
It was also reported that Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central at the National Assembly, recently warned the federal government against giving the country's resources to Fulani herdsmen under the umbrella body of Miyetti Allah.
Although Senator Sani welcomed the idea of enlisting the aide of cattle herders of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to checkmate the increasing criminality of bandits in some northern states, he is uncomfortable with doing more than that.
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