Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has charged security agencies in the state to unraveled the attackers of three communities in Dekina Local Government Area to put an end to such dastardly act.
Governor Yahaya Bello stated this on Tuesday when he visited Aloko Oganenigu one of the three communities where herdsmen allegedly attacked , killed innocent people and burnt many houses.
The Governor who was represented by his deputy, Edward Onoja described the killings of people and destruction of property as barbaric, assuring that the perpetrators of the heinous act must be apprehended and prosecuted to put an end to such ugly situation.
“The attack is barbaric though such incident is not very frequent in Kogi state but in 2018 one of the adjoining communities experience such attack that made the governor to visit the community despite the difficult terrains.
“This recent attack will be the end as government will not relent until the needful are done to give the communities peace of mind. No body can come to the state kill people and go back freely , we must arrest them and bring them to book” he said.
One of the locals Elder David Abemaji an indigene of Aloko Oganenigu explained that the attackers stormed the community on Sunday morning between the hours of 6am and 7a.m when the people were preparing to go for church service.
He said the attackers who are suspected to be Fulani herdsmen numbering over one hundred entered the community with guns and gallons of petrol used in killing people and set over fifty houses ablaze.
Giving the breakdown of casualties Abemaji said five people were killed in Aloko Oganenigu, three people killed in Elede community and two persons killed in Ojuole community.
According to him , the attackers were also planning to unleashed terror on the people of Ojoapata , Ojole and Ubaobu communities.
The local who stated that the communities did not have any dispute with the herdsmen before the killing and destruction of property, appealed to Kogi state government to take a proactive measuring in finding a lasting solution to the attack, noting that this is the second time the three communities were attacked by the herdsmen .
Also narrating his ordeals, Arome Atabor a father of four children said he relocated from Kano to Aloko Oganenigu his community six years ago to start farming in order to train his children but the unfortunate incident has led to the burning of his house.
He appealed to the state government to provide them with adequate security and come to their aid to enable them rebuild their houses destroyed by the attackers.
The Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Command Akeem Yusuf said some mobile policemen have been drafted to the affected communities, assuring that the security agents will remained there till there is total peace in the three communities.
He also mentioned that investigation is ongoing to unravelled the perpetrators of the heinous act against humanity.