BY ADEYEMI AKANJI, The Bauchi State Police Command has confirmed that at least nine people were killed while six others were injured following a violent clash between herders and farmers in Zadawa village of Misau Local Government Area of the State.
The clash took place on Monday and was followed with a reprisal attack on Tuesday which led to the number of the casualties which some sources claimed was more than what the Police confirmed suggesting that the death is not fewer than 10 persons while those injured are more than 10.
Information pieced together indicated that the clash was over ownership of land in the surrounding settlement where herders are located for grazing over the years but which was to be converted to farm land by the Local Government authorities, a development that did not go down well with the herders who felt that their herds will be denied source of grazing.
A source in Misau our correspondent that the issue has been lingering for a long time with the herder Fulani resisting the move to make the area a farming land, not even the assurance of a grazing section for them could pacify them.
The source narrated that some times last week, the Local Government authority went to the area to mark out the two portions for the herders and the farmers but the herders resisted and chased them away. The development sparked off violent reaction which made the people to go back.
However, on Monday, the Local Government officials went back to the field with security backing but the herders were said to have violently reacted and a clash erupted leading to deaths and serious injuries from machete and other sharp objects.
Another source revealed that the Emir of Misau, Ahmed Suleiman had on few occasions called the warring parties for truce in his Palace as father to all but they refused to listen to the appeal.
Chairman of Misau LGA, Yarọ Mohammed Gwaran while speaking with journalists vide telephone, confirmed the violent clash in the area but assured that security personnel have since taken control of the situation and calm is gradually returning.
Also, the member representing the area in the State House of Assembly, Hon Bakoji Aliyu Bobbo in a telephone chat said the situation has been bought under control as security agents have been drafted to the area to keep the peace.
Bobbo said that a stakeholders meeting was ongoing on how to amicably resolve the issue considering that it is a minor misunderstanding between brothers.
When contacted, Bauchi State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ahmed Wakili, said that from the sketchy report available, nine people were confirmed dead while six were injured and presently receiving treatment.
Wakili however said that Police personnel and other security agents have been drafted to the area to maintain peace as well as avert reprisal attacks.