9 killed, 6,000 displaced as herdsmen sack villages

Posted by News Express | 16 January 2017 | 2,581 times

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Nine bodies have been confirmed dead while over 6,000 people have been rendered homeless in Rafin Gona and BCC Gbagyi villages in Bosso Local Council area of Niger State. This followed the attacks by Fulani herdsmen at the weekend.

The chairman of the council, Isah Wakili, disclosed this yesterday when Senator David Umaru and Representative Salihu Shandafi, visited to sympathise with them. Wakili explained that one police inspector and an assistant superintendent of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were also killed in the attack.

The council boss said houses, yam and corn barns in the villages were burnt, adding that more dead bodies were yet to be accounted for. Senator Umaru described the attack as barbaric, inhuman and a dastardly act.

“What I have seen is heart-breaking. It is an act of wickedness and a complete disregard for the sanctity of human lives,” he said. Umaru urged the Federal Government to provide relief materials to the displaced people while preventing a reoccurrence. (The Guardian)

Source: News Express

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