Kogi state-Traditional ruler the Onu Agbenema, Musa Edibo and his wife and 11 other persons have been reportedly killed and several houses razed in separate attacks by suspected herdsmen on Agbenema, Aj’Ichekpa, Opada and Iyade villages in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State on Monday.
The herdsmen mode of operation is to set the houses ablaze and opened fire on the fleeing inhabitants, slit their throats, machete and cut off vital parts of their victims.
The armed herdsmen who was with sophisticated weapons hid in the bushes around these villages from were they launched deadly attacks on their targets, source revealed”.
Kokolevel gathered that the attacks started on Sunday night and lasted till Monday morning.
During the attacks, the residence of the former vice-chairman of Omala LGA and that of his father were also razed.
Eyewitnesses, who would not want their names to be disclosed, alleged that the soldiers who were drafted to curtail the suspected herdsmen’s killings refused to assist the locals repel the assailants.
The eyewitness said, “We were surprised when we approached the soldiers who were stationed at a guest house at Abejukolo for assistance. They refused to act and used their vehicle to block us from advancing to the troubled spots 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 Ojuwo Ajomayeigbi, Iyade, Agbenema and Opada villages so that they can use our land for their cattle colonies.
“We want the world to come to our assistance before these Fulani exterminate and inherit our land. We have lost confidence in the security agencies posted to us because from their actions, we believe they have been instructed to adopt a sit and look approach while we are being massacred.
“Right now, a coordinated war is raging simultaneously in most villages in Omala, Dekina and Bassa LGAs. Our people are being killed and houses burnt down, and our women are being raped while many children who ran from the theatre of war are still missing.
“Since the attacks began, we have not gone to the farms and even the markets have closed. Hunger has come to stay on our land. If drastic measures are not taken to quell this mad killings by these herdsmen, food insecurity will take over our land,”