The Nasarawa State Police Command has confirmed the killing of 45 farmers following what it described as reprisal attacks in a renewed hostility between farmers and herders in the state.
According to the police, the attacks which took place in Lafia, Obi and Awe Local Government Areas of the state also left 27 others injured.
The command’s spokesman, ASP Rahman Nansel, disclosed the development in a statement on Monday, noting that the attacks started from Saturday and continued till Monday.
He said men of the police force were alerted when a complaint on the incident was lodged on Friday.
According to him, the complainant reported that one Umaru Idrisu of Gidan Washi village in Obi LGA was attacked and killed by unknown armed men.
He continued, “On receiving the complaint, the Commissioner of Police, CP Adesina Soyemi immediately directed the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Obi LGA to move to the scene where the corpse was recovered and later taken to the hospital for postmortem before it was released to the family for burial according to Islamic rites.
“While the investigation was ongoing, a suspected reprisal attack was carried out by unknown persons in Hangara village, Lafia East Development Area in Lafia LGA and crossed over to the neighbouring Kwayero village of Obi LGA.
“The following persons namely; Sani Dauda, Danjuma Liambee, Uloho Jerry, Shedrack Kente, Boniface John, Tersoo Clement, Gwanje Soja and Ayuba Ali were attacked and killed; their corpses were recovered and taken to the hospital by the Police.”
He, however, noted that efforts have been made to restore calm to the affected areas.
“A joint team of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the military has been mobilised to the affected areas to restore peace and possible arrest of the perpetrators of the dastardly act,” he added.
Meanwhile, the state governor, Abdullahi Sule, revealed that a manhunt has been launched to apprehend the killers of the Fulani herders and Tiv farmers in the state at the weekend.
Sule, who also held a meeting with the heads of security agencies, traditional rulers and Tiv and Fulani community leaders in Obi Local Government Area of the state, said his administration is committed to protecting the lives and property of citizens in the state.
While addressing the state’s residents on Monday, he condemned the killings and admonished them to live peacefully.
“There was a needless loss of lives of our citizens. Such act of violence is most unfortunate, condemnable, and unacceptable and will not be condoned by this administration.
“I am admonishing you all to live in peace with one another and to shun mischief makers looking for opportunities to cause mayhem,” Sule said.
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