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Farmer Shot With Poisoned Arrow Dies In Borno Hospital

Borno farmer dies in hospital days after surviving a poisoned arrow shot from armed herdsmen which had earlier claimed the lives of 5 others.

One of the farmers in Borno state, Northeast Nigeria, who last week survived an attack by suspected herders who shot him with a poisoned arrow, died while receiving treatment in a hospital, sources said.

The farmer who had the poisoned arrow still stuck in  his upper abdomen was rushed to the hospital, where he later died.

His death brought the death toll from such attacks to six in the past two weeks. 

HumAngle had reported how five farmers were shot dead within a week by armed herders who attacked them while working in their farms on the outskirts of Maiduguri. 

The farmers died while trying to prevent the herders from running their livestock through their yet to be harvested farmlands. 

The Borno state commissioner of Sports and Youth empowerment, Saina Buba, had confirmed to HumAngle in Maiduguri that one of the survivors who escaped the carnage with an arrow fired at him finally gave up the ghost.

“The man died last week,” he said. 

The commissioner said the farmer died after doctors had successfully removed the poisoned arrow off his stomach. 

An official of the Civilian Joint Task Force, in charge of the protection of mega-farms, Abdulmuminu Bulama, who evacuated the attacked farmers, also confirmed the development to HumAngle. 

“The surgeons were able to remove the poisoned arrow that had already damaged that part of the body beyond redemption,” said Bulama. 

“He was referred to the university of Maiduguri teaching hospital as the doctors at the General Hospital said they could not manage the damage caused by the poisoned arrow.” 

Thousands of herds flocked from distant locations by heavily armed herders are currently grazing around the river banks that surround the outskirts of Maiduguri. 

Security sources said most of the animals were allowed to graze through farms that still had crops yet to be harvested. This development had heightened tensions between the invading herders and local farmers who took the risk to cultivate lands few kilometres away from the city.


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Abdulkareem Haruna

Abdulkareem Haruna is a Nigerian journalist currently employed as the Editor for Lake Chad at HumAngle. For over a decade, he has demonstrated a passionate commitment to reporting on the Boko Haram conflict and the crisis in the Lake Chad region of northeastern Nigeria. He is a graduate of English Language and holds a Diploma in Mass Communications. Prior to his current role, he served as an assistant editor at both Premium Times and Leadership Newspaper.

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