No fewer than 60 people are now dead in the fight between Fulani herdsmen and farmers from the Eggon ethnic group in Nasarawa State.
Most of the casualities died from machete cuts, police said Thursday.
According to Reuters, the state police command spokesman Umaru Ismaila, said clashes broke out on Wednesday in the state, a week after some Eggon villagers accused Fulanis of stealing cattle.
“The report we have is 60 dead from the clash in Tudun-Ababu village,” he said. “Some bodies were burned beyond recognition.”
Hundreds have been killed in the past year in clashes pitting the semi-nomadic, cattle-herding Fulani people against settled communities that practice a mix of farming and cattle rearing, driven mostly by disputes over land use.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo met with President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa where the two discussed the nation’s security challenge.