Jos, Plateau State: Gunmen identified as herdsmen on Friday attacked two local farmers in Central Nigeria’s Daffo village of Bokkos Local Government Area, Plateau State.
The assailants opened fire on the villagers, after grazing on their farms, local sources say.
A victim identified as Mr. Danjuma Machen died instantly.
The other, Mr. Dauda Maren, survived with fatal injuries.
Attack coincides with youth charity outreach
The attack at about 900hrs GMT in Malul hamlet came as youths from the village had joined a local interest group, Bokkos Advocacy Group to deliver humanitarian aid to victims of a similar attack in Kwatas District on 26th and 27th January 2020, wherein 27 villagers were killed.
At about the time of the attack, the Plateau State Government had signed a deal to start the National Livestock Transformation Program (NLTP) in the State.
The deal with two foreign companies – Sahel Consulting Agriculture and Nutrition Ltd. and Integrated Diaries is for the start-off of the program in existing grazing reserves in Kanam and Wase Local Government Areas.
“Plateau citizens embrace NLTP” – Govt.
The NLTP, a Federal livestock business program introduced in 2018 was previously resisted due to “misinformation,” the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong said in Jos.
The Governor said, “When the NLTP was initiated, it was erroneously misinterpreted by those who wanted to play politics and discredit it.
“I told my people that as their Governor, I can never bring anything that will cause them pain and poverty.
“I was in the NLTP Committee, I understood clearly that Plateau State will not only benefit from it, but will use it to create jobs and address the farmer herder attacks which almost destroyed the peace of our peace “.
The Governor said those who had “taken over” most grazing reserves in the State were behind the “incitement and lies” against the program.
The takeoff of the program follows “wide consultations” and enlightenment, Lalong said.
“After the engagement with stakeholders, people embraced it because it is business.
“It has nothing to do with ethnicity, religion or tribe.”Plateau which is among five selected pilot States will benefit from a N15billion fund earmarked for the program.