Herdsmen/farmers conflict: Zamfara records more IDPs

– Fifty villages are said to have been ransacked by armed bandits in Zamfara state – The Councillor, Maradun ward, Sirajo Madugu, said the attacks by the bandits have increased the number of Internally Displaced Persons in the area – According to Madugu, some residents were leaving their villages due to the attacks, while others for fear of imminent attack Armed bandits attacks on Zamfara have continued to increase the number of Internally Displaced Persons in Maradun Local Government area of the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that victims from different villages in the local government area are continuously moving to Maradun town. Five IDPs camps have now been established while registration is on going at all the centers. Addressing newsmen at one of centers, the Councillor, Maradun ward, Sirajo Madugu, said communities from about 50 villages had been sacked by bandits. Madugu said some communities were leaving their villages due to the attacks, while others for fear of imminent attack. He said: “We cannot ascertain the number of displaced persons for now because it is increasing by the day.” The chairman of the council, Alhaji Yahaya Shehu, warned the IDPs to report any suspected person among them, to prevent informers from infiltrating the camps. The chairman said with assistance of the state government, all the necessary requirement by the IDPs would be provided. Meanwhile, previously reported that thousands of Nigerians living in Zamfara state are allegedly living in fears as a daily killings and kidnappings by armed bandits. Amnesty International said the conflict between between farmers and herders have displaced thousands of people since it began in 2012. The agency said failure of Nigerian authority has left villagers at the mercy of armed bandits. AI also claimed that the repeated claims by the Nigerian authorities that the situation is been tackled is erroneous.

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Actress Funke Adesiyan narrates her experience following a farm attack by herdsmen

The recent crises occasioned by the herdsmen in several parts of the country have taken a toll on a lot of Nigerians, so that even those in the entertainment industry have had a fair share of the mounting disasters. A well acclaimed Yoruba Nollywood actress, Funke Adesiyan, took a walk down memory lane even as she narrated the ordeal she had in 2016. According to her, she had purchased a farmland spanning five hectares at Ijebu Omu in Ogun state, where she took to planting newly developed watermelon hybrid seedlings. Adesiyan recounted that having worked so hard on the farm, she took the liberty of granting herself a vacation, but this was not without visiting and executing yet another project in her tomato farmland located at Iseyin. After a successful one month vacation touring China with her Iran and Pakistani partners, Adesiyan took a stop at Dubai. And upon arriving the Dubai airport with the hopes of coming back to Nigeria, she was alerted via her mobile phone that her watermelon farm in Ijebu Omu had been ravaged by herdsmen who attacked the area The shock from the experience caused her to become unconscious and thereafter hospitalised at an undisclosed hospital where she was admitted for five days. Going forward, the actress shared a picture of herself in the hospital. Read post below: “I remember this day 2016. 3 months prior, I’d just acquired 5 hectares of land at Ijebu Omu for watermelon farming. I was in such a high spirit looking forward to planting the new hybrid seedlings that had just surfaced. I was sleeping at a room apartment I rented in the village so I could be closer to farmland. We went to work. Cleared the land, sunk the borehole, layed the pipes for irrigation so water can be sufficient as watermelon feeds hugely on water and environment. We planted. I left the farm maintenance to the farm manager. I was so tired that I needed to take[…]

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Nigerians are really angry over attacks by herdsmen, bloodshed in the land – Anglican Communion

The Anglican Communion alleges that there is rising anger over the spate of killings in Nigeria – Bishop Godwin Okpala says the menace of alleged herdsmen attacks has become a threat to the country’s unity – He wants the executive and the legislative arms of government to act urgently The Nnewi diocese of the Anglican Communion has reportedly asked President Muhammadu Buhari to rethink his ambition for reelection in 2019 saying many Nigerians are not happy with the level of bloodshed in the land. The diocese claimed that emotions have continued to trail the president’s ambition. The Vanguard quoted the diocese as saying: “While some political analysts and stalwarts see it as another opportunity to consolidate his achievements, other Nigerians who were grossly injured with his administration describe the re-election bid as a time bomb.” The statement is contained in the presidential address delivered by the bishop of Nnewi diocese, His Grace Most Reverend Godwin Okpala, during the second session of the 8th Synod held at St Judes Anglican Church Oraifite in Anambra state. According to the report, Okpala alleged that “the menace of the killer herdsmen in various parts of Nigeria has continued to pose serious threat to national unity and urgent steps must be taken to address the situation by the federal government. “With the dissenting voices to President Buhari’s re-election bid, Nigeria will be sitting on a keg of gun powder due to the hardship his first tenure inflicted on them. “The menace of herdsmen in various parts of Nigeria such as North-Central, South-West, South-East and South-South zones has continued to pose serious threats to national unity and if not checked, will destroy Nigeria. “The heinous descent of these herdsmen on villages and farmlands, looting, r*ping, killing and kidnapping of farmers and other villagers have metamorphosed into frightening trends with use of sophisticated weapons, such as AK47, in place of sticks.” The bishop added: “The executive and legislative arm of government should be able to come up[…]

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