By Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Barely 48 hours after the Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, visited the troubled areas in the state where there was herdsmen/farmers crisis in Oganeinugwu, no fewer than ten persons including a traditional ruler, have been killed again.
In the renewed hostilities, several houses were burnt down by herdsmen in separate attacks on Agbenema, Aj’Ichekpa, Opada and Iyade Villages in Omala Local Government Area of the state.
It was learnt that the rampaging Fulani armed bandits killed a traditional ruler, the Onuh Okemi Agbenema, Chief Musa Edibo, and his wife in the attack.
It was gathered that the attackers were armed with sophisticated weapons allegedly hidden in the bushes around these villages from where they launched the deadly attacks on their targets.
According to the natives, the herdsmen whose mode of operation is to set the houses ablaze and opened fire on the fleeing inhabitants, slit their throats with matchets and cut off vital parts of their victims.
The natives who would not want their names in print stated that the Administrator of Omala LGA Hon. Ibrahim Aboh escaped the attackers guns by the whiskers.
The natives stated that, the Soldiers who were drafted to curtail the herdsmen killings allegedly refused to assist the locals to repel the Fulani herdsmen.
“We were surprised when we approached the soldiers who were stationed at the Guest House at Abejukolo for assistance , they refused to act professionally as they used their vehicle to block us from advancing to the troubled spot to help our people.
“It is clear that the aim of the Fulani herdsmen is to kill us and take over our ancestral homes. They have razed down OjuwoAjomayeigbi, Iyade , Agbenema and Opada villages so that they could use our land for their cattle colonies.
“We want the world to come to our assistance before these fulanis exterminate and inherit our land.We have lost confidence in the security agencies posted to us, from their actions , we believed they have been instructed to adopt siddon look while we are being massacred.
“Right now cordinated war is raging simultaneously in most villages in Omala, Dekina, and Bassa LGAs. Our people are being killed and Houses burnt down, even as our women are being raped while many children who ran from the theatre of war were still missing.
“Since the attacks begun, we cannot go to the farms even markets have closed. Hunger has come to stay on our soil. If drastic measures are not done to quell this mad killings by these herdsmen, food insecurity will take over our land,” they lamented.
It would be recalled that on Saturday, the state governor, Yahaya Bello visited the crisis prone area of Oganenigu where over 25 persos were massacred while Houses burnt while over 45 motorbikes, food items were carted away the invading fulaniherders while he promised to make the attack the last across the state.