Another clash between Fulani herdsmen and Gbagyi farmers occurred in Sabon Daga community in the Bosso Local Government Area of Niger State Tuesday, resulting in four deaths.
The police said its men were still combing the bushes to ascertain if there are more dead bodies.
The incident occurred when farmers denied the herdsmen the right to graze their cattle on their farmlands.
According to an eyewitness, a hot argument ensued between the farmers and the nomads, leading to dangerous weapons being used by both sides.
It was also said that both the Fulanis and the farmers recorded casualties as a result of the crisis.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, confirmed the incident to journalists.
“Four corpses have been recovered, but security operatives are still combing the bushes around the area because the incident just happened and there could be more casualty,” Elkana said
He added that the situation had been brought under control following the quick intervention by men of the Kpakungu police division with reinforcement from the command.
Elkana said Fulani and Gbagyi elders had been invited to a meeting to forestall the possibility of a backlash as well as finding a lasting solution to such incident in future.
Just last Sunday, a senior secondary school student was killed by suspected cattle rustlers in another part of the senatorial district.