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Herdsman arrested for cutting a farmer’s hand with machete in Kwara

A herder, Bugi Juli has been arrested for attacking a 16-year old farmer with a machete following a confrontation over grazing land in the Kaiama Local Government of Kwara.

Spokesman of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Babawale Afolabi, who disclosed this in a statement on Saturday, in Ilorin, said Juli cut the farmer, Abubakar Sulade’s hand with a machete.

According to Afolabi, the attack was part of an ongoing misunderstanding between herders and farmers in the local government.

He said that the matter was reported at the NSCDC Divisional office, Kaiama, and a manhunt was launched for the assailant and his accomplice. They were later arrested.

“There had been a long-term misunderstanding between two families over grazing land, which took a bloody turn recently.

“One family attacked another with a machete which resulted in grievous bodily harm on one Abubakar Sulade, 16, who got a deep cut on his hand,” he said.

Afolabi said that the victim had been treated at a government hospital, while further investigations continued.

He said that the NSCDC had increased its surveillance and patrol in the neighbourhood to ensure peace and stability in the area.

The spokesman said that there are plans to invite the warring families to a peace meeting.

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