President Muhammadu Buhari has tweeted that the security forces are working to prevent further attacks in Benue state, where at least 33 have been killed after a series of village raids by suspected Fulani herdsmen, according to a BBC report.
He added in a statement:
“This is one attack too many, and everything must be done to provide security for the people in our rural communities.”
In the wake of the killings, hundreds of people today took to the streets in Makurdi, the Benue state capital, to put more pressure on the authorities to do more to end the frequent violence.
Shops have been closed as the angry protesters burnt tyres.
BBC Hausa’s Ishaq Khalid says deadly clashes between farmers and herdsmen are common in central Nigeria.
Farmers accuse herders of destroying their crops while the herders say members of farming communities steal their animals and sometimes kill them in unprovoked attacks, he says.