257 killed in herders/farmers clashes since January, says Presidency

73 cows killed, 18 others injured by suspected cattle rustlers in Nasarawa

About 257 persons have been killed this year in clashes between farmers and herdsmen across the country.

The killings are recorded in 30 incidents, except the recent ones.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, made this known in Katsina, at the on-going meeting of federal and state security administrators.

Mustapha, represented by the permanent secretary in his office, Sulaiman Halu, listed states mostly affected by the attacks as Zamfara, Adamawa, Benue, Plateau, Niger and Kaduna states.

He also listed kidnapping, which Mustapha said, has become a national menace, and criminal rape, as well as, child abuse, as other major security challenges requiring urgent solutions.

Mustapha said, “Within the last few months, we have recorded a total of over 30 incidents which have claimed lives of more than 257 persons within this year alone.

“States most affected are Zamfara, Adamawa, Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau, Niger and Kaduna to mention but a few. In fact, other states in the southern parts of the country.

“Apart from these herdsmen and farmers clashes, we also have other problems, security challenges, which are also compounding the security landscape. This is in the area of kidnapping and abduction.

“Kidnapping and abduction used to be restricted to some areas but now, and from records, it is virtually a national menace, becoming so rampant everywhere.

“Another worrying issue is the increasing menace of child abuse. Children have now now become victims of criminal rape and molestation.”

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