This edition of the weekly update spotlights communal conflicts in the Niger Delta with a focus on the herder-farmer conflict in Ondo State. According to data (see map below), clashes between herders and farmers caused over 50 fatalities in Ondo State between February 2018 and February 2022. The nature of the conflict has changed significantly over the years. Recent data shows that the conflict is becoming increasingly linked with criminality including robbery and kidnapping. In January 2022, for instance, armed herders reportedly attacked Molege, Arimogija and Okeluse communities in Ose LGA and killed 11 residents. In February, herders reportedly attacked a farm and killed three farmers in Ijug-bere Village, Owo LGA. In March, herders reportedly attacked a farmer and cut off one of his hands in Ikakumo village. Akoko North-East LGA. The farmer was reportedly attacked for challenging the herders who were allegedly picking fruits from his farm. More recently, on April 15, 2022, suspected herdsmen reportedly attacked a 77 year-old farmer and demanded money from him in Ikakumo village, Akoko North-East LGA.
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