As Niger State government grapples with the reality of the attack of herdsmen that claimed the lives of 21 people in Mokwa, another clash have claimed the lives of five people in Tunga Mallam Community in Paikoro local government area of the state.
The clash was said to be between herdsmen and the Gbagyis who live in Tunga Mallam community, however, the clash is said not to be in any way connected to the attack in the community in Mokwa.
The Nation learnt that the clash began in the community market and spread to the main road preventing motorists from plying the road. Students going to other towns to write JAMB examination were stranded.
It was learnt that a Fulani youth stabbed a native during a heated argument in the market, other youths seeing the attack retaliated by killing four fulanis, however, the youth stabbed by the Fulani died on Monday morning in a private clinic where he was rushed to for treatment.
Confirming that there was an altercation in Paikoro which led to loss of lives, the Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana said the incident occurred at a drinking joint and not in the market.
He also said that only four people have been confirmed dead, “As at Monday morning, four people were confirmed dead; I am not aware if anyone died in the hospital.”
Elkana further disclosed that three persons have been arrested in connection with the disturbance that led to loss of lives adding that peace have returned to the community as mobile policemen have been posted to the area to forestall any future disturbance.