Adamawa: Herder-farmer clashes claimed 305 lives in 5 years – University don

Clashes between cattle herders and farmers claimed 305 lives in Adamawa State in five years, according to university don, Dr John Ngamsa.

Ngamsa, a member of Adamawa State Committee on Farmer-Herder Conflicts, Dr John Ngamsa, spoke at an interactive session hosted by Ramo Multimedia Center, Yola.

Making reference to media reports, Ngamsa, a lecturer with Modibbo Adama University, Yola, said, “At least 305 people were killed in herder-farmer-related clashes in Adamawa State between 2016 and 2021.

“These senseless clashes between farmers and herders in the region have been ongoing since the early 2000s.”

He added that the persistent farmer-herder conflicts, particularly in Demsa Local Government Area, have had devastating consequences on lives and properties.

Ngamsa, a commissioner in two past administrations in the state, attributed the reduction in clashes in the past four years to deliberate peace-making efforts implemented by Adamawa State governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, who he said had done everything required to make the Adamawa State Committee on Farmer-herder Conflicts a success.

He said the committee has been working hard to ensure that an enduring structure for peace is put in place for the safety of residents of Adamawa State.

Ngamsa further stressed that resolving conflicts between farmers and herders is crucial for overall development of the state and the country at large.

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