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8 Killed As Farmers In Borno,Herders Fight Over Taking Over Land

According to the Borno Police, an altercation involving farmers and herders over alleged land encroachment in the Bayo Local Government Area of the state resulted in the deaths of eight people.

At a meeting with leaders of farmer associations and the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) on Friday in Maiduguri, the incident was confirmed by the Commissioner of Police, Abdu Umar.

He stated that the report indicated that on Nov. 30, in response to the alleged encroachment of farmlands and the unidentified assailants’ murder of a farmer, violence broke out.

Eight persons killed including children while 47 houses and six motorcycles burnt,” he said.

He said that the police had brought the area back to normal and had arrested some people who might have been involved in the disturbances. He also said that the state government had given the people who had been affected aid.

“This is a source of concern to the government and security agencies, the meeting is aimed at providing lasting solution to the problem.

“At the end, we shall come up with modalities to check movement of wandering herders into the state, especially in areas that witnessed violence,” he said.

He says that a committee will be set up to improve surveillance and monitoring and help farmers and herders live together peacefully.

He stated that members of associations representing farmers and herders and security agencies would be on the committee.

The Chairman of the MACBAN, Ahmadu Musa-Karube, demanded proactive measures to address the problem’s underlying causes in his remarks.

According to Musa-Karube, the state’s farmer/herder conflicts were primarily caused by the encroachment of farmlands and the absence of cattle routes.
In addition, a farmer representative named Hassan Musa advocated for the state to prohibit nighttime animal grazing.
He likewise called for nearer coordinated effort between the administration of the ranchers and herders associations to resolve the issue.
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