A fierce argument between locals and herders had led to the death of a herder and the severe injury of a reverend in charge of Baptist Church, in Nasarawa State.
The ugly incident happened yesterday Monday, in the morning in Boher village, under Ningo/Boher electoral ward of Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
According to a source, the incident was as a result of an argument over the herders passing through Ningo community square with their cows and the youths accosted them.
The source who begged for anonymity told our correspondent that “the herders were coming from Keffi axis and passing through Boher village square, then some youths asked them why should they passed through the village square, the three Fulani guys told them they weren’t grazing, they are just passing by”
“When the argument went hotter, two of the Fulani boys left with their cows, one of them left behind was involved in a very fierce arguments with the youths, then the reverend in charge of Baptist Church Boher, tried to intervened and the Fulani guy then brought out his sword and inflicted a deep cut on the reverend’s head”
“So when the reverend fall faced down with blood gushing out, the youths shouted thinking he was dead and more villagers especially youths ran out in their number and pounced on the Fulani guy, machete and killed him instantly” he said.
It was gathered that one of the youths of Boher village, shortly before the crisis, on request offered one of the three Fulani guys drinking water and they exchanged pleasantries, but then unfortunate later happened.
Youth leader of Ningo/Boher electoral ward, Steven Bello, who confirmed the development, expressed regret about the incident, as he called on both his people and Fulani, not to take laws into their hands.
Bello, who appealed for calm, thanked the traditional ruler of Mada nation, Samson Gamu Yare, Security and the chairman of Akwanga Local Government Area for their swift response to nip the situation in the bud.
As at the time of filling this report, the reverend is still receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital, while the late Fulani guy was buried according to Islamic rites at the Muslim cemetery in Akwanga, in the presence of his relatives.
When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer in the state, CSP Nansel Ramhan, told our correspondent that he was in a workshop, saying “I have not been briefed. So, I can’t comment on it for now.