The first incident occurred last week when some herdsmen damaged a farm in Sangere, a suburb of Yola, the Adamawa State capital.

Witnesses said a security guard named Gibson Nathan, who was engaged by the owner of the farm, challenged the herders for encroaching.

They responded by “attacking and killing him. They “hacked Nathan to death with their sharp axes beyond recognition before leaving the scene", a resident of the area said.

Similarly, four members of the same family were reportedly attacked and killed on their farm by some herdsmen on Friday at Tudun-Hassan Village.

The incident occurred adjacent to the popular Malkohi IDP’s Camp also in Yola South Local Government Area.

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Trouble began for the farmers when a group of herdsmen led their cattle into the farm and began destroying farm produce.

“By the time they asked the cattle-breeds what informed their illegal action, the next thing was physical assault using dangerous weapons which resulted to their untimely deaths,” a witness, Baba Abdul, said.

He alleged that a policeman who was living close to the farm “rushed to offer help but was also killed by the herdsmen.”

Residents, however, said the farmers sent a distress call to Agro-Rangers unit of the Nigeria Security And Civil Defence Corps,NSCDC, Adamawa State command.

The NSCDC team, who arrived the scene, were allegedly attacked with poisonous arrows by the herdsmen.


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