Herdsmen Militia Attack Kogi Communities, Monarch, Nine Others Feared Killed

 

The Oasis Reporters

March 20, 2018

 

Herdsmen militia have always been on the prowl, attacking and destroying communities in the Middle Belt States. Citizens cry for an effective strategy to curb the menace.

Despite reportedly agreeing to the cattle colony idea, Gov. Yahaya’s state of Kogi in North Central Nigeria has come under intense
attack in areas of Kogi East by suspected herdsmen militia with nine people including a traditional ruler killed on Monday in separate attacks on Agbenema, Ajichekpa, Opada and Iyade villages, in Omala Local Government Area.
Several houses were also razed in the attacks which reportedly lasted for two days.

The Onu of Agbenema, Musa Edibo along with his wife, were burnt in his palace, while the residence if the former vice chairman of Omala LGA, Adofu Stephen was completely razed to the ground.

Confirming the development, a former Majority Leader, Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. Azania Mohammed, said that the natives were unsure as to whether or not to approach or call on the security operatives for help.

The armed attackers were said to have hidden in bushes around the villages from were they launched attacks on their targets.

According to sources, the herdsmen militia modus operandi is to set houses ablaze and open fire on fleeing inhabitants, slit their throats while dealing victims machete cuts.

The Administrator of Omala LGA, Ibrahim Aboh escaped the attackers’ guns by the whiskers.

Residents said that the soldiers drafted to curtail the herdsmen killings allegedly refused to assist the locals in repelling 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 Ojuwo, Ajomayeigbi, 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. We believe they have been instructed to adopt ‘siddon look’, while we are being massacred.

“Right now, coordinated war is raging simultaneously in most villages in Omala, Dekina and Bassa LGAs. Our people are being killed and houses burnt even as our women are being raped while many children who ran from the theatre of war are still missing”, said a resident of Abejukolo, headquarters of Omala LGA.

Governor Yahaya Bello on Saturday visited Oganenigu where scores were killed and houses burnt by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

Herdsmen militia devastated Benue and Plateau States with President Muhammadu Buhari undertaking a whirlwind tour of affected states, yet an effective strategy seem not to have been worked out to check the menace posed by herdsmen.

Additional source : James Azania

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