President orders probe into 'hundreds killed' in Nigeria

Deadly clashes have reportedly taken place, allegedly between Fulani herdsmen and local farmers, in central Benue State

President orders probe into 'hundreds killed' in Nigeria

World Bulletin / News Desk

Nigeria's president Muhammadu Buhari said he had ordered an investigation into the "hundreds of deaths" resulting from clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the country's central Benue State. 

"President Buhari who expressed deep shock at the latest incident during the past week, which led to hundreds of deaths in four communities in Agatu, Benue State, ordered security agencies to get to the root causes of the problem," Buhari's spokesman Garba Shehu said in a statement Sunday night.

Buhari said the probe would look beyond the immediate incident to unearth what factors are responsible for the internecine in the country's Middle Belt where rivalries over limited lands for farming and grazing have occurred in past decades.

"We are all one nation and one people," the statement quoted Buhari as saying. "There should not be any reason why Nigerians of any group or tongue cannot now reside with one another wherever they find themselves after decades of living together." 

"Once the investigations are concluded, we will act immediately to address the root of the problem," he added. 

Reports of the deadly clashes, allegedly between Fulani herdsmen and local farmers, have been rampant on social media for the past week. The region has been bedeviled for years by a war of attrition on both sides, often centering on the contentious needs of the herdsmen to graze their animals and farmers' efforts to protect their crops.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Şubat 2016, 11:46