By Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
No fewer than three Fulani herders, 10 cows were reportedly killed while other persons received serious degree of injuries during the fresh attack on a settlement by gunmen at Ofanwa Elubi Ocharu, Egume In Kogi state.
The incident occurred at about 8.00am on Thursday morning when unknown gunmen attacked the Fulani Settlement in the area.
The Maiyeti Allah Cattle Breakers Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Kogi State Chapter has appealed to the state State government to stop the incessant killings of the Fulani herders in Egume in Dekina local government area of the state.
The State Assistant Secretary of Maiyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Mallam Adamu Abubarka who made this appeal while speaking in a chat with Journalists in Lokoja on Saturday, said that three Fulani herders and 10 cows were killed on Thursday by gunmen in Ofanwa village in Egume.
Abubarka who was speaking on behalf of Wakili Yusuf Damina, the Chairman of Maiyeti Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Kogi Chapter, explained that the unknown attackers came to the Fulani settlement like a flash and killed people and went away.
The Assistant Secretary recalled that their similar incident had happened early March this year when the Commissioner of Police,Cp Ayuba Ede, the Igala traditional council and other stakeholders met to deliberate on the way forward to live in peace and harmony after killing a Fulani man.
“But there was fresh attack yesterday at about 8 :00 am in the morning , this time around they launched the attack at their camp, they started shooting at them without any offence at all.
“The repeated killings of our people/members in igala land is becoming unbearable.
“Igala people has launched another attack on our innocent members who are gruesomely killed in their cold blood on the 14th May 2020, he stressed.
According to him, the people killed in the attack in the community, Ofanwa Elubi Acharu in Egume district are.(1)Tine ldris, Fatu Idris, Abdulkareem Saleh and Yusuf Muhammed, while 10 cows were killed.
The Kogi State Police Command has however confirmed the ugly incident and vowed to bring the perpetrator to book.
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP, William Ayah stated that in the attack, three persons and nine cows were killed during the attack in the Fulani community.
He added that the State Commissioner of Police,CP Ayuba Ede has directed to deployed fully armed men to the area to avoid further attack stressing that the command is already hunting those behind the attack.