The Imam of Etogi village in Gbara ward of Mokwa Local Government Area in Niger State was among the 21 persons reportedly killed by suspected herdsmen on Sunday morning.
The attack occurred when the villagers were observing their early morning prayers on Sunday. Some women and children sustained various degrees of injuries.
InfoNgn gathered that the attack was as a result of an earlier disagreement between some Fulani youths and members of the affected community which resulted in the death of a herder.
Police public relations officer in the state, DSP Bala Elkana, when contacted, confirmed the incident, but said “20 people were killed during the early morning attack”.
Elkana described the attack as “a reprisal’ for an earlier killing of a herdsman by the villagers.
“The killing of a herdsman was managed but it appears they were not satisfied and decided to retaliate,” Elkana stated, adding that eight people sustained various degrees of injuries during the attack.
The police spokesman said mobile policemen, operatives of the Department of the State Services (DSS), and other security agencies had been deployed to the troubled community to restore law and order.
when the herdsmen failed to remit the agreed fee to the village head at the end of the last cropping season.
The herdsmen, it was learnt, later claimed that the parcel of land belonged to them.
Besides the 21 killed, 8 people sustained various degrees of injuries due to the commotion that occurred during the attack are currently recuperating in a nearby hospital.