The Special Representative of UN Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has said the conflicts between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria were becoming more sophisticated and deadlier.
This came as eight suspected kidnappers of Chibok school girls and 14 other Boko Haram makers of Improvised Explosive Devices, EIDs, including three commanders, were yesterday arrested and paraded at Borno Police Command in Maiduguri.
Chambas, who is Head, UN Office for West African and the Sahel, UNOWAS, in a report presented to the UN Security Council, said the violence was a major security threat in the region, warning that it risked changing into terrorist attacks.
“Violence between farmers and herders is increasingly a major security threat in the region and risks morphing into the terrorist attacks that have defined the security landscape.
“Farmer-herder conflicts are becoming more sophisticated and deadlier, especially in Nigeria’s Middle Belt. “During four days in June, new spates of attacks and retribution killings between herders and farmers in this region resulted in scores of deaths,” the UN envoy said.
He said in the Lake Chad Basin, the gains made by the Nigerian armed forces and the Multinational Joint Task Force have not stopped Boko Haram from remaining active.