A battle between Fulani and vigilantes at the Beji weekly market in Niger State’s Bosso Local Government Area killed two people and injured seven others, according to the Primary Healthcare Centre in Beji.
According to a source, the event occurred at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, when the market was at capacity.
Beji is an agrarian village with a national livestock and grain market located about 30 kilometers from Minna, Niger State’s capital.
Aliyu Yusuf, Assistant Head of Medical Services at Beji Primary Healthcare Centre, verified that nine victims with varying degrees of bullet wounds were brought to the hospital.
He went on to say, “Two were confirmed dead, while the remaining seven victims, all Fulani, were responding to treatment.”
The incident was also confirmed by Umar Rabe Sands, the Niger State Commissioner for Nomadic and Pastoral Affairs, who warned against any sort of retaliation.
He went on to say that the state government would work with all parties to find a long-term solution to the feud between Fulani and Gbagyi farmers.
He also warned both groups against taking the law into their own hands, underlining that there are many channels for resolving disputes without resorting to violence to ensure the people’s continued peaceful coexistence.