The police in Cross River State have arrested four persons, including one Sabastine Ayua, over the killing of a Fulani herdsman, identified simply as Buba.
The herdsman was said to have been stabbed to death during a clash between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in the Obanliku Local Government Area of Cross River State.
Southern City News learnt that the incident happened at about 10pm on Friday in Bebi Four Community.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, who confirmed the incident, said four other suspects were arrested in connection with the clash.
“It is true; someone was killed and we have arrested four suspects in connection with that killing.
“I just got a confirmation that the four suspects have been transferred to the headquarters here in Calabar.
“The reason for the fight has not yet been ascertained but it is between farmers and herdsmen,” he said.
This incident happened barely two weeks after a similar clash between herdsmen and farmers in Ugaga community, Yala Local Government Area of the state claimed the lives of one herdsman, while no fewer than two farmers were injured.
The slain herdsman had his head chopped off.
Fulani herdsmen under the aegis of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria had demanded the release of the head and other body parts of their beheaded colleague when they visited the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone Six, Calabar, Mr. Abubakar Marafa on November 7.
However, Southern City News learnt on Sunday that the Clan Head of Ugaga, Ogamode Ogar Ipuole and the community youth leader, Mr. Ogaji Ogaji, are currently being interrogated in Calabar over the missing head and limb of the slain herdsman.
The state governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, had raised concern over the development, disclosing that the state was contemplating a law to regulate open grazing in the state.