The Nasarawa State Police Command on Monday, March 25, confirmed the death of Lady who was raped by suspected herders in Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa state.
The incident which led to a protest by youths of the area, resulted in the killing of a Fulani and some of their animals whose death triggered a revenge mission from other Fulanis. Consequently, the herdsmen burnt down 27 houses in Merte and Nendem, causing the villagers to flee the area.
The Police spokesman, ASP Samaila Usman, explained that the dispute began on Saturday, March 23, when a suspected herdsman allegedly assaulted and raped a lady in the area, who later died at the General Hospital Akwanga.
“Suspected Mada youths mobilised and attacked a Fulani settlement in the area, killed one person and some animals in the process.
“Later, some suspected Fulanis, in a reprisal attack, touched Merte and Nendem villages burning 27 houses,” Usman said.
He said that apart from the lady and the Fulani that was killed, no further lives were lost to the skirmishes.
He said the Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe, had deployed a detachment of officers to the area to forestall escalation of the situation.
Usman also said the police was working hard to ensure amicable resolution of the problem by summoning a stakeholders’ meeting for dialogue.
He appealed to the people to desist from taking laws into their hands and to give peace a chance.