Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Nigeria: At least 30 killed after fighting between farmers and herdsmen

At least 30 people are reported to have been killed in Nigeria’s southeastern Benue State after clashes between nomadic cattle herders and local farmers.

At one home, police found the body of an 11-year-old girl wearing her school uniform.

A mass burial for the victims will be held on Friday.

Desertification and a jihadist insurgency in the north of Nigeria have forced the well-armed cattle herders to move south, where they have clashed with local farmers.

The Benue State government recently imposed a law requiring all livestock to be kept on ranches but it has been ignored with the herdsmen complaining that the government had not fulfilled its promise to allocate land for grazing.

Source: bbc.com

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