Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, June 21, 2013

Separating political and criminal violence

Bono state
I saw this reported as another example of political violence in Western media, but the Nigerian press (at least Leadership in Aubuja) is reporting it as criminal activity. I have no way of knowing which version is more accurate, but it's worth remembering that not all the violence in Nigeria is primarily political. However, just to make things less clear, the second part of the article describes how Boko Haram terrorists killed students in two secular schools in the northeast of the country (Maiduguri in Bono state).

(Please excuse Abba Abubakar Kabara's English. It's not far from rustlers to wrestlers. On the other hand, his editors should recognize the difference between cattle and castle.)

Gunmen Kill 77 in Zamfara, Maiduguri
Zamfara state
About 50 people were killed yesterday in Kizara village of Tsafe local government area of Zamfara State by group of gunmen suspected to be cattle wrestlers [sic].

The gunmen numbering about 150 and riding motorcycles besieged the village at about 4am, and suddenly opened fire on any adult community member on sight.

The gunmen also killed the village head, Mallam Lawali Madawaki, the chief Imam Mallam Liman Usman and the leader of the vigilante group.

Eyewitness, Yahaya Bale, said it was a reprisal attack following an earlier organised mission by the community vigilante group who chased the castle wrestlers [sic] to recover some animals they have stolen from the community…

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At 8:01 AM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

Nigeria cattle feud: Villagers killed in Plateau state

Gunmen in central Nigeria have attacked three villages killing at least 28 residents in a feud over cattle, a military spokesman has told the BBC.

Capt Salisu Mustapha said the security forces responded, killing 20 gunmen.

He said Fulani herdsmen were thought to be behind the attack on the Taroh community in Plateau state after hundreds of their cattle were stolen…

The BBC's Ishaq Khalid in Jos, the capital of Plateau state, says disputes over cattle and pasture often raise ethnic tensions…


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