6 herdsmen escape death, 8 cows killed as youths, herdsman clash in Delta


SIX Fulani herdsmen were Thursday rescued by community leaders at Torugbene community, Burutu local government area after youths from the community reportedly repelled an alleged attack on some farmers by the herdsmen in the community.

8 cows belonging to the herdsmen were said to have been killed by the youths over what they described as the continues destruction of their farm produce by the grazing herd. Sources from the community disclosed that the herdsmen had tried to attack a female farmer who raised the alarm, drawing the attention of her sons and other youths of the community who came to her rescue.

One of the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, noted that farmers in the community have been having a running battle over the years with herdsmen who graze their herds on their farms.

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The source said: “They invaded the woman’s farm and when she accosted them on the rationale for their actions, they attacked her, leading to a confrontation with youths from the community who mobilised to the farm to rescue the woman.

“It took the intervention of elders of the community who intervened and rescued the herdsmen from being lynched, but unfortunately, 8 of their herds were killed while the impasse lasted.”