Dateline: February 4, 2018
Fresh attacks by Fulani herdsmen have again occurred in Yungur community of Song Local Government Area of Adamawa State, early yesterday morning, (Sunday, February 4, 2018). About eight people are feared dead in the attacks which began at about 5 am and lasted for about three hours. Thousands of residents from the four communities of Shimba, Tinde, Shure and Botta, are also reported to have fled to nearby mountains, for safety.
The latest attacks, according to a community leader, Barrister John Kpanambo, are sequel to earlier clashes, Thursday, between the locals and some herdsmen. Trouble began when a Fulani herdsman led his livestock to the community’s source of drinking water. He was challenged by a young man, who promptly directed him to a nearby pond, in order not to pollute the community’s water supply. The young herdsman refused to comply and the skirmishes that followed claimed the lives of three Fulani herdsmen.
A reprisal followed, during which the Fulani herdsmen attacked and burnt down five villages, killing about five people in the process. The attacking herdsmen once again, escaped, with the army and police, only arriving the scene, hours after the attack had taken place. The Police Public Relations Officer, Adamawa State Command, SP Othman Abubakar, confirmed the attack, but not the casualty figures of the attack.