The commissioner of Police (CP), Alhaji Lawal Shehu-Batsari, confirmed on Wednesday 13th April, that three people were killed, leaving one injured, in a land dispute between Angwan Mamman and Dadere villages, in Obi Local Government Area.
Shehu-Batsari briefed journalists at Tudun-Adabu, a village close to Dadere, after inspecting the areas which had been affected by the crisis. He said that the fight between farmers from warring areas, commenced at about 8AM.
“we got information that there was a fight over farmland between Sule Musawa of Dadere and the Akun’s family of Agwan-Mamman.”
According to Shehu-Batsari, it was alleged that the land was leased to Akun’s family, by families of late Sule Musawa of Dadere.
He added, that the issue erupted when family members of Musawa went to the farm and were attacked by the members of Akun family, on Wednesday morning.
The commissioner noted that at about noon, another fight erupted at Tudun-Adabu, noting that the beginning of both crisis was farmland, but he said not much was lost and appealed to those within the area in their places of resident, that “we are on top of the situation”.
He stated the following:
“We observed that some people were packing from their houses and if this continues, it would send wrong signals outside”
“That was why I personally leda team of security operatives to this area and I am impressed that the situation is calm.”
Shehu-Batsari, has assured that his men would deb on 24 hour surveillance of the area, adding that he has directed that no one step foot in the are auto harass or intimidate anybody.
However, he confirmed the arrest of five people in connection with the crisis, assuring that more arrests would be made.