3 killed as suspected Fulani herdsmen attack Kogi community 



Unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on Wednesday ambushed  and killed three Bagana farmers on Abejukolo -Bagana road in Omala Local Government Area of kogi state .


Those who lost their lives  in the deadly ambush believed to be in their 20s according to the villagers include, Samson Ajene, Adah Audu and Monday Ocho while the injured ,a son of a popular timber dealer Haruna Ajene is lying critically at the General Hospital Abejukolo.


According to locals, the victims , Samson Ajene and Monday Ocho met their  waterloo on their farms at Ojuwo Igboone while Adah  Audu was mowed down by the marauding gunmen while conveying cassava tubers in his keke machines from the farm.


The natives lamented that the sins which the people of Bagana are suffering from does not emanate from them stressing that the people are living in perpetual fears of attack .

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They noted that unless the security agencies adopt proactive measures to nib the criminals from perpetuating crimes against some people with its resultant reprisals against the innocent natives , the people risk of being exterminated from their ancestral homes.


The incidence according to another source, a middle aged man who would not want his name in Print said that the victims  were returning from the farms before they were ambushed and killed.


He said before the attack,  ,the villagers  around Obakume villages had allegedly made formal reports  of the  mass movement of some  Agatu militias from Benue state to the forest with sporadic gunshots, stressing that they might have  killed scores of cows belonging to fulani herdsmen living in those areas.


The source added that similar incident had occurred at Iyade near Abejukolo , the headquarters of the council in which the Agatu militias unleashed terror on the herder which  reprisals by the fulanis  led to many deaths of the natives and burning of  houses .

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He lamented at the  recent killings of these young men who  earn their living through farming and  plying the road is one too many and called on the authority to intensify search at unravelling the perpetrators.


He explained that several letters have been written severally on the nefarious activities of criminal elements from Nassarawa and Benue states who used the River Niger to launch attack on fulani herders whose reprisals have  always leave the locals with tales of woes.


Speaking with journalists , Hon. Aliyu Akuh , Member Representing Omala Local Government Area in the state House of Assembly condemned the killings and maiming  of the locals by unknown gunmen, calling on the state government and the Security Agencies to deploy their intelligence to arrest the ugly situation.

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He bemoaned  the unwarranted crises between   Agatu in Benue State and the fulani  which erupted in 2013  and had claimed  more than 200  lives while  properties with millions of naira have been destroyed.


He added that the government should set up committee of enquiry to permanently resolve the impasse to prevent further preventable clashes between the fulanis and Agatus with its spill over devastation on the people of Omala LGA.


Meanwhile , the Force Public Relations officer Deputy Superintendent of Police DSP William Aya confirmed the incident.


He said  both the mobile police and conventional police have been drafted to the area to forestall law a d order .


He added that he was yet to get the actual number of deaths but said the situation has been brought under control.



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