It was gathered from locals in the community that the crisis was triggered when cows strayed into people’s farms and destroyed their crops.

The farmers were said to have mobilised themselves and chased away the herdsmen and their cows.

Some of the herdsmen were said to have run into police station in the community, but they were chased away by youths who joined the angry farmers.

“The problem started around 4.00pm when cows strayed into the farmlands at the time farmers were still working in their farms. This infuriated the farmers and they chased away the cattle and the herdsmen.

“This is not the first time the Fulani herdsmen have been attacking us here, and our livelihood is farming. For the cattle to have gone and destroyed our farmlands, the youths had to mobilise themselves and joined the farmers to resist the attack.

“As at this morning (Thursday), three persons have been killed. Among them were two young men from this village and one Fulani man.”

The traditional ruler of Otukpa, HRH Solomon Ekele, confirmed the death of three persons and condemned the act.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Moses Yamu, also confirmed the incident but said that there was no casualty.