Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have attacked Etogi community in Mokwa Local Government Area of Niger State in the early hours of Saturday, killing 21 people and injuring about 15 others.
This latest attack is almost two months after the last herdsmen’s attack on Lefu community, in Gurara Local Government Area, where seven people were killed and 10 others kidnapped.
It was gathered that the Saturday night attack was in reprisal for an early disagreement between some Fulani youths and members of the affected community, which led to the death of a herder.
According to a source close to the community, the herdsmen were offered land by the community as their settlement, on the agreement that a certain amount of money would be paid to the village head every year.
Trouble however started when the herdsmen failed to remit the agreed amount this year, claiming that the land in question now belonged to them.
This did not go down well with the youths in the community who went on rampage, leading to the death of a herder.
The state police spokesman, BALA ELKANA, described the attack as reprisal for the killing of a herder by the villagers.