At least 5 villagers have been feared dead in Kafinkoro village, Paikoro Local Government Area of Niger State, after a clash that became violent following the killing of about 200 pigs by youths.
Vanguard Newspaper reports that the youths in the community had killed the pigs, alleging that some of the animals exhumed and ate the body of a five-year-old boy.
Apparently peeved by the killing of the over 200 pigs, the village women – who are predominantly pig farmers – mobilised and embarked on protest, which eventually led to a clash between the parties.
It is understood that while the women embarked on a peaceful protest, some youths in the village also mobilised themselves and attacked them with dangerous weapons, leading to the casualties.
Speaking on the incident, a source, while defending the women, claimed that it was not true that the dead body of the boy was exhumed and eaten by the pig.
The source further added that it is barbaric to kill their pigs and also descend on their wives, who he said are innocent.
The source said: “After killing our wives’ pigs, they decided to attack our women and as human beings, we have the right to defend ourselves.
“Nobody can intimidate us in our village; we are very accommodating, but anybody who does not like our ways of life has the choice to leave.
“Our women have been in this pig business for over 50 years and they have used the proceeds to train their children in school. The community has never experienced this type of thing before, especially where pig exhumed dead bodies from the grave.
“It has never happened and so I see it as a frame up, because some people say eating pig is against their religion.”
Meanwhile, the operatives of the State Police Command have intervened on the matter as a meeting with elders of the community on how to restore peace in the village is said to be underway.
This is even as a combined security team of police and Army have been mobilised to the village to keep peace.