Following the clash between Gwari farmers and Fulani herdsmen in Paiko, near Gwagwalada in Abuja on Thursday, June 5, the police have confirmed that four persons dead, 19 others injured.
The Divisional Police Officer in the area, Mr Patrick Daaor who made the confirmation on Saturday said that two persons died at the scene, while two others died at the hospital also said for the timely intervention of the police the clash would have escalated.
It was gathered that learnt that some Fulani herdsmen allegedly entered the farm of a Gwari man with their flock on Thursday and that the cattle destroyed the farmer’s crops.
Meanwhile according to eyewitness report when the farmer tried complaining, the herdsman challenged him which resulted in youths in the town mobilising themselves after hearing the news and decided to take revenge on any Fulani man they saw.
One of the Fulanis who ran into the mosque, was reported to be followed and killed inside, with no fewer than fourhouses burnt in the clash.
The Chairman, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada, Medical Advisory Committee, Dr Haruna Abubakar also confirmed the casualties while the Chairman of the council, Alhaji Abubakar Jibrin-Giri, who visited the scene of the clash and the hospital, described the development as unfortunate.
Jibrin-Giri who also gave assurance that the council assist the displaced victims and those hospitalised urged the parties involved to live in peace while saying “90 per cent of the Fulanis are farmers, and so, they should know the importance of farming’’.
Over the past few months, Fulani Herdsmen have been reported to cause havos. In April, the Fulani herdsmen reportedly dressed in Army Uniform killed 77 people and injured several others in an attack in Taraba state.
In May, Fulani herdsmen raped a 15-year-old girl and two housewives in Benue state.