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Tension Mounts in Adamawa Following Escalation of Herdsmen-Farmers Clashes

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BY MATTHEW ONAH in Yola•

Tension has continued to mount throughout Adamawa State, following reports of escalation of violence between Fulani Herdsmen and farmers in Jada and Girie local government councils.

At least three people were killed and two others seriously wounded in  Dashen village in Jada local government area by    Fulani herdsmen on their farms on Wednesday,  following disagreement between the farmers  and the herdsmen, who were alleged to have drove their cattles into the farms.

As at the time of filling this report, security men were yet to be drafted to Dashen, a Chamba Community in Jada local government council, even as  tension is said to be mounting as restive youths, begin to gather to track the herdsmen.
Another person was killed in Gereng, Girie, local government council on  Monday  by Fulani herdsmen.

A brother of the victim who spoke to pressmen, disclosed that the victim was waylaid on his farm and matcheted   to death by herdsmen  and all the harvest of grains stored at the farm carted away  by the marauding herdsmen.
The current herdsmen and farmers clash in Dashen and Gereng  is coming  on the heels of a similar clash in  Shafuron, and komdomti communities in Numan local government council, which leaves over 50
people dead including women and children.

Meanwhile,  at least eight persons including six District and  village heads of Bachama communities  and two Ardos of the Fulani communities , in Numan Local government area were said to have been arrested and taken to the state police command on Thursday morning.

The news of the, arrest of the community leaders by the police, was believed to triggered a protest march by youths who surround the Hama Bachama palace.

Attempts by The Lead to get to the palace was frustrated by the protesting youths, who keeps insisting that they would not allow any entrance of any sort including from the security.
There were also notable presence of security men in Numan, including a detachment from 23rd Armoured Brigade in Yola and the police.

Although The Adamawa state police command spokesman, Mohammed Othman, SP told The Lead that he was yet to be briefed on the arrest of the Numan Community leaders,  a source  at the command disclosed that a team of crack  investigators headed by an Assistant commissioner of Police,  ACP, had arrived the state capital, Yola  on Wednesday from Abuja   to take charge of the investigations.

The source revealed that the arrest may not be unconnected with the arrival of the team, whom he said were independent of the command.

It would be recalled that the Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, had deployed over 5 units of mobile force to Numan following the crisis

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