Two people were on Saturday found dead in Central Nigeria's Nding village of Fan District, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, Plateau State.

The two were ambushed meters away from the settlement when they went to inspect their farms, National House of Representatives member, Istifanus Gyang told MKB.

The victims were gunned down at about 17:00 local time while Mr. Gyang, the member representing Barkin Ladi/Riyom constituency at the National Assembly was at a public function in Jos, the state capital, calling for inter-ethnic solidarity among minority tribes for social, economic and political defense.

The attack according to the Plateau State Special Task Force was carried out by unknown gunmen.

Spokesperson of the Task Force, Major Umar Adams told MKB that men of the Force were "immediately mobilised and moved to the scene but the attackers had fled."

He however said the STF was "on top of the situation and effort  to apprehend the perpetrators is ongoing."

Meanwhile, a 15 year old university of Jos student has been reported found dead in Farin Gada, a busy commercial area in the Northern part of Jos.

The deceased whose corpse was reportedly found on Monday with his eyes and private parts removed is believed to have been killed by ritialists.

The incident is said to have sparked violent reactions in the area.

Officials as at publishing time had not confirmed the development.

Nigeria Loses Over N6trn in 5 years - Whistle Nigeria News

An NGO, Rural Counsellors for Christian Churches in Africa (RURCON), said the lingering farmers-herders clashes has claimed the lives of 6,500 Nigerians and displaced 62, 000 between 2010 and 2015 in the middle belt region of the country.

Mr Kenneth Seidu, the organisation’s Peace Building Officer, made the assertion at a two-day dialogue on proffering solutions to the farmers-herders conflicts in Nigeria, in Jos.

According to him, Nigeria also lost $14.7 billion (about N6trn) as a result of the perennial clashes between the two groups.

“The incessant clashes between farmers and herders in all parts of Nigeria has generated severe pain and caused innumerable loss of lives and properties.

“Between 2010 and 2015, Nigeria lost 6,500 citizens, $14.7 billion, and 62, 000 people displaced in a record of 850 perennial clashes between farmers and herders in the middle belt region.

‘This is excusing figures from Boko Haram conflicts and other conflicts in different parts of the country,” He said.

Seidu added that Nigeria has been rated the the third top countries of the world, after Hondura and Mexico, where people are killed at will.

The peace officer also noted with dismay that between May 2015 and January 2017, over eighteen militant groups were formed in Nigeria, making it one of the most unsecured nations of the world.

“At the moment, over 2.6 million Nigerians are displaced. This has made it a country with the highest number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Africa and third globally.

“So, this forum is for us as key stakeholders to brainstorm and fashion out possible solutions that will bring lasting peace in this country, ” He added.

In an address of welcome, Mr Sam Ishaya, RURCON’s Executive Director said the workshop aimed at designing effective strategies to address the lingering farmers-herders clashes that has ravaged the nation.

” This burning issue requires a wide-range of multidisciplinary approaches in providing sustainable resolution to the conflicts in Plateau and other parts of the country.

“Parties concerned are aggrieved, issues have been politicused and the blame-game is dominant rather than best possible solutions to the situation

“This suggest why we are here today to put our heads together as critical stakeholders towards finding lasting solutions to the lingering clashes, ” He said.

The workshop was tagged ” Engaging State and Non-State Actors in Promoting Conflict Sensitivity and Do No Harm/Local Capacities for Peaceful Resolution Between Herders-Farmers Conflict in Nigeria “.

The event had participants from government Organisations, NGOs, security agencies, religious and community leaders, among others.

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Killings: M/Belt now has 20,000 widows, orphans, says TEKAN

Published May 21, 2018

Friday Olokor, Jos

About 15 churches in northern Nigeria,  under the aegis of the Tarayar Ekklisiyoyin Kristi A Nigeria (meaning Hausa, Fulani and Kanuri Christians), have put the number of the people widowed and orphaned as a result of the herdsmen killings in the Middle Belt at 20,000.

TEKAN also backed the recommendation by a former Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (retd.), that victims of the attacks by herdsmen should resort to self-defence because the military appeared to have been compromised.

The organisation’s President, Dr. Caleb Ehima, in an interview with THE PUNCH, said, “If these killings by Fulani herdsmen do not stop, it will be tempting defenceless citizens to find a way to defend themselves, even if it means throwing stones at the people who attack them.

“We first of all call on God who has promised to fight our battles. We don’t want to be pushed to go beyond that for Christians to defend themselves. The suggestion by T.Y. Danjuma is not out of point.”

Ehi, who spoke on the outcome of the group’s executive council meeting where major issues affecting the country were discussed, stated, “During the meeting we held in May, we discussed security issues in the country, specifically the rise in the number of widows and orphans because of the killings everywhere and it keeps rising almost on a daily basis.

“I can put it that we have recorded over 10,000 widows because of the activities of Fulani terrorists and for orphans, the figure is also well above 10,000. I know that the Middle Belt is the home of missions and has been subjected to all kinds of crises, which created these orphans and widows. But the whole thing has been heightened by the daily killing of people.

“While we were here in Jos for the EC meeting, a village called Tutua in Taraba State was invaded and people were killed. I’m sure that the number of those killed may be more than the official figure of nine.

“I think that churches have been managing their widows and orphans until these killings by Fulani herdsmen. You can agree with me that the killing is on a daily basis now. That has increased the number of widows and orphans everywhere, especially in the Middle Belt.”

Ehima said that TEKAN leaders were thinking of what to do for the widows to put smiles on their faces.

“We may not be able to meet all the needs of the widows but we must give them a sense of belonging in their crises and difficult experiences. We have to help them and work hard in order not to leave them idle. We want to lift them up, according to biblical injunctions.

“There are schools for widows and orphans, skill acquisition institutions owned by churches and other programmes that are meant to equip them with skills and get them the tools they need to be self-employed,” the TEKAN President added.

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