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Herdsmen, Fulani Farmers’ clash in Bauchi

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Communal clash in Bauchi state, left 10 people killed while several others sustained injuries over land dispute on Monday.

However, the police public relations officer in Bauchi, DSO Ahmed Wakili Mohammed confirmed that nine people were killed while six people were injured.

A report from thisdaylive, confirmed that the clash was between Fulani farmers and Fulani herders in Zadawa village in the Misau Local Government Area of Bauchi State over ownership of land in the surrounding settlement where herders were located and have been grazing for several years although the land belongs to the government.

The land was to be converted in to a farm by the local government, a development that did not go down well with the herders according to reports.

While a resident of Misau who spoke with todayng, also who lost a relative in clash, Ibrahim Muhammed, said the clash erupted on Monday over ownership of land settlement where some Fulani herders were residing for grazing over the years.

The public relations officer who spoke with today, said that the situation had been put under control because police and other security operatives had been drafted to maintain peace in the affected areas as well as avert reprisal attacks.

He said that an investigation had since commenced to arrest the perpetrators and to uncover other culprits for prosecution.

Todayng also reports that, Chairman of Misau LGA, Yarọ Mohammed Gwaran, in a phone interview with journalists, said that the violent clash was between two groups of Fulani herders over land dispute and demarcation of grazing routes in the area.

He explained that the local government council had received several complaints about the dispute and decided to summon stakeholders meeting at the palace of the paramount traditional ruler.

“We all came together and discussed the matter before the Emir of Misau, Ahmed Suleiman, and agreed on the steps to be taken to tackle the lingering misunderstanding between the two parties,” he said.

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