Umomi/Ikpokejo communities in Ofu local government area of Kogi state has appealed to the state government and the security agencies in the state to wade into the looming breakdown of law and order as a result of alleged unrelenting invasion and destruction of farms land by the herdsmen rearing cattles in the communities.
This was contained in a statement signed by the community leader Mr Agabi Agboni which was issued to journalists in Lokoja on Tuesday.
The statement, alleged that the invaders were aided and abetted by their collaborators, fingering one Shuaibu Zekeri a native of Ejule who according to the statement encouraged the herdsmen to enter the farm lands, destroyed and attacked women and children in the farms during this year’s harvest season.
Agboni who noted that the herdsmen attack, three years ago led to the death of about seven persons including three graduates, said it took the intervention of the Royal Father, the Attah Igala before the carnage was brought under control after many lives and properties have been destroyed in the crises.
The statement attributed the poor response of the state government toward the crises to misinformation and mishandling of the dispute by the police, saying the frequency of the invasion by the herdsmen has caused the communities a lot of crop damage and water pollution.
“We are using this medium to call on the state government to immediately set up a mutually acceptable mechanism in order to forestall the escalation of this increasing threats to the lives and property of our community members by these herdsmen.
“As a law abiding citizens of the state, we would not take laws into our hands , hence this ‘Save Our Soul’ to the state government, but we would surely defend our property and protect the pride and dignity of our women folks from the unconscionable attempt of raping our women on the farms by these remorseless herders in our communities” the statement noted.
While calling on the security agents in the state to rise up and investigate the crises without further delay the possession of firearms and other dangerous weapons, the community leader urged the security agencies to bring the perpetrators and their collaborators to book according to the law to enable the people have peace of mind in their communities.
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