The International Organization for Migration (IOM), a United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), on Friday detailed the aftermath of a communal clash In Lamorde Local Government of Adamawa State.
One thousand three hundred persons, according to the NGO, have been displaced with at least “five deaths.”
WikkiTimes had reported that no fewer than 10 persons were reportedly killed after a dispute over a piece of farmland erupted in Lafiya, the headquarters of Lamurde local government area of Adamawa State.
Two days later, the dispute escalated to Boshikiri, as well as the surrounding villages of Mumseri, Mere, Kupte and Zakawon of Lamurde and Guyuk local governments. This led to the death of 5 persons.
Following the bloodshed, The state governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, imposed a 12-hour curfew on the affected areas.
Apart from the five people who lost their lives, there were additional 30 casualties recorded from the feud which also resulted in blazing 70 houses, according to IOM’s report.
“The latest clash affected a total of 1,300 individuals in 200 households in Lamurde LGA of Adamawa State who were forced to flee their locations of origin into Kupte Primary School camp and Tudun Wada Primary School camp in Lamurde,” the report reads. “A total of 30 casualties were recorded and 70 shelters were damaged.”
IOM explained that the surging communal violence between ethnic and religious groups and long-standing distrust between farming communities and nomadic herders are prevalent across the northeast. It further stated that it is predominantly centered on disputes over land which in turn causes insecurity and widespread displacement across the region.
“Between 06 to 09 June 2022, a series of clashes between neighbouring Boshikiri communities in Guyuk LGA and Kupte, Wuro Mallam Isa and Tudun Wada communities in Lamurde LGA in Adamawa state was reported which led to a wave of population displacement,” it noted.
“Following this event, rapid assessments were conducted by DTM (Displacement Tracking Matrix) with the purpose of informing the humanitarian community and government partners.”
The group stressed that the assessment was carried out to provide data and collect information on the number and immediate needs of affected populations.