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Borno: Eight killed as farmers, herders clash in Bayo

By Njadvara Musa, Maiduguri
03 December 2022   |   7:43 am
The clashes between farmers and herders over alleged encroachment on farmlands have claimed eight lives in Bayo Local Council of Borno State.

Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, flanked by the Special Adviser to the President on Media, Femi Adesina (left); and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media, Garba Shehu, during a press conference on security challenges in Borno, at the State House, Abuja…yesterday. <br />PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA

The clashes between farmers and herders over alleged encroachment on farmlands have claimed eight lives in Bayo Local Council of Borno State.

The council, with a population of over 78, 900, is located 237 kilometres south of Maiduguri, the state capital.

A counter-insurgency expert in the Lake Chad Region, Zagazola Makama, on Friday, disclosed: “The people were killed after an argument by some farmers over an encroachment of their farmlands with cattle.”

He said the crops were yet to be harvested and evacuated to the granaries.
He added that on November 30, 2022, another set of pastoralists encroached and led the cattle to eat up their crops.  

Makama further said several farmers were also hospitalised and security agencies were alerted.
He noted that the deployment of security personnel stopped the attacks from further spreading to other farmlands.

Those injured in the attack were taken to local hospitals.
“Arrests have been made so far, while other perpetrators are at large,” the security source said.