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Five herdsmen attacks that shocked Nigerians

Clashes between herders and farmers in the northern part of Nigeria have killed hundreds this year alone.

The PUNCH looks at five shocking events attributed to herders in the country

Falaye’s Kidnap

Nigerian and the people of Ondo State were thrown into a rude shock when a former Minister of Finance, Samuel Oluyemisi Falae, simply known as Olu Falae, was kidnapped by seven herdsmen from his farm in Ondo State on September, 21, 2015. His abductors demanded N100m as ransom.

The elder statesman, who was then 77 years old, was released three days later. He claimed he was tortured.

The seven were later apprehended, tried and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Attack on Adamawa community. Death toll 30

On November 20, 2017, Farmers from the Bachama ethnic group in Adamawa State reportedly stormed four settlements of Fulani herders in Numan district hacking residents and burning houses. The incident was claimed to be a reprisal attack.

Media reports put the death toll at between 30 and 50.

Fulani herdsmen kill 50 in Benue attack

The Benue State attacks began on January 1, 2018 and are still ongoing. The government placed the official figure of fatalities at 73, but various reports estimated that actual figure may be over a hundred.

The severity of the attack had prompted President Muhammadu Buhari to order the relocation of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to Benue.

Attack of Lau LGA, Taraba. Death Toll 55

While attacks by Fulani herdsmen on Benue communities continued unabated since the beginning of the year, some of the herders raided and killed about 55 villagers in Lau Local Government Area of Taraba State.

The invasion reportedly began on January 6, 2018, with bodies of 25 victims so far recovered and given a mass burial.

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The Nation reported Governor Darius Ishaku as saying, “Herdsmen are killing people in Lau, my state”

Gang rape of 72-year-old in Ondo

A grandmother, Victoria Akinseye, was raped in August 2017 by two herdsmen while working on her farm in Ore, Odigbo council area of Ondo State.

Narrating the incident to newsmen, the 72-year-old had said, “I was working on my farm when two men attacked me from behind, held my neck such that I couldn’t ask for help. They tore my clothes and took turns to rape me.”

She said a fellow farmer saw her where the herdsmen had abandoned her after the rape and took her home.

In October 2017, two Fulani herdsmen, Umar and Musa Ali, who are brothers, were arrested in Nasarawa State for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl at Tudun Lambaga in the Eggon Hills area, Eggon Local Government Area of the state.

In 2016, the Daily Post reported that Enugu men are divorcing their wives over rape by herdsmen.

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