Another fresh communal clash involving suspected Fulani herdsmen have claimed over fifty persons including a pastor belonging to the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria. The attack which occurred on Thursday night spanning across three villages claimed over 50 lives in thr attacks carried out by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
The attackers, who targeted the villages of Gon, Nzumosu, Bolki, Nyanga, Bukuto in the Numan Local Government Areas of the state, reportedly numbered over 200.
The attacks, which began in the evening, went on unimpeded as residents claimed the invaders allegedly planned and launched the attacks from Abbare, a neighbouring community in Taraba State.
The assailants were said to have burnt down three of the villages during the attack.
A resident of Bolki, James Nzonzo, said a boat conveying about 40 women and children fleeing the community capsized during the attack, adding that only five of the occupants survived.
The lawmaker representing Numan in the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Sodom Tayedi, while decrying incessant attacks by suspected herdsmen on the community, berated the fresh killings, describing it as offensive.
She expressed anger following the perceived reluctance of the military to contain insecurity, which had gone on in her constituency over the last three years.
The police in Adamawa State could not be reached for comments as calls put through to the acting Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Musa Habibu, were not answered.
Nigeria has been battling an unprecedented wave of Fulani herdsmen clashes with host communities and fsrmers over right to graze their livestock openly as against the modern practice of ranching. The federal government’s planned intervention of appealing to States to donate land for ranching has been met with suspicion by many States who fear the exercise my trigger land grabbing in the future or usher in permanent residency for the herdsmen from up North.