What is behind the Fulani herdsmen-farmers conflict?

What is behind the Fulani herdsmen-farmers conflict?
The ongoing deadly clashes between the nomadic, mainly Muslim Fulani herdsmen and the predominantly Christian farming communities of Nigeria’s Middle Belt are often referred to in the mainstream media as “farmer-herder clashes”: the Middle Belt is a farming region, and the advancing Fulani-owned herds have increasingly encroached on croplands. However, . . . Read More

Nigeria: 7 more killed in another Benue attack

Nigeria: 7 more killed in another Benue attack
At least seven people were killed after suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked another church in Benue State yesterday (26 April). The attack came two days ago after the massacre of 19 worshippers, including two priests, at a Catholic church in Gwer West Local Government Area. In the early hours of yesterday . . . Read More

Nigerian government has failed to counteract violence of Fulani herdsmen – ICG report

Nigerian government has failed to counteract violence of Fulani herdsmen – ICG report
In Nigeria, it isn’t only the northeast regions, stronghold of the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram, that have witnessed severe violence. The Middle Belt of the country, which straddles the divide between the largely Muslim north and the majority-Christian south, is also the scene of ever-continuing violence between settled farmers, . . . Read More

Nigerian Fulani attacks ‘kill 1,269 since 2013’

Attacks by Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria’s central state of Benue have claimed at least 1,269 lives, a study by Premium Times magazine has shown. On February 21, in an attack in Agatu, for instance, one of the most serious in Nigeria in recent years – over 500 villagers were reportedly . . . Read More

At least 15 dead in fresh attack in Benue

At least 15 people are feared killed in a fresh attack attributed to suspected Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria’s central Benue state. On 17 March, unidentified armed men stormed Tombo, in Buruku, killing residents, setting fire to properties and then taking over the deserted villages, an eye-witness told Nigeria’s Vanguard Media. . . . Read More