Troops of suspected Fulani herdsmen stormed Marma village in Kirikasamma Local Government Area of Jigawa State with hundreds of cows, raiding the farming village of about 150-hectares of harvest-ready plants in their farmlands. The incident took place on Monday 3 October 2016.
According to a villager,
“We were all angry and mobilised to launch a reprisal on them (herdsmen).
“We were ready and prepared to go after them when our village head arrived at the meeting, condoled with us and promised authorities’ action.”
District head of Marma, Alhaji Haruna Adamu, said crops destroyed included “rice, maize, as well as tomatoes and pepper worth millions of naira.”
Confirming the incident, Jigawa State Police Command PRO, Abdu Jinjiri, explained:
“Yes, it is true; there was something like this, but there is a lot of exaggeration on the quantity.
“According to a report at our disposal, the Fulanis were in transit from Guri side to an unknown destination. They made some destructions in a few farm lands along the line, but there is a lot of exaggeration. This is the true situation of the matter.
“The police invited all the stakeholders and resolved the matter amicably.”