Two Herdsmen Killed in Alleged Reprisal Attack in Kogi Community *Victim of Fulani Herdsmen in Critical Condition After Severe Matchet Cuts

Two Herdsmen Killed in Alleged Reprisal Attack in Kogi Community *Victim of Fulani Herdsmen in Critical Condition After Severe Matchet Cuts

Two herdsmen have been allegedly killed in Yagba area of Kogi State in what is believed to be a reprisal attack. The herders bodies were found in a bush between Imela and Ogbom Communities in Yagba East Local Council on Sunday evening. 

The killing followed reported attack on a resident of Ogbom on Saturday night by suspected Fulani herdsmen who also dispossessed the victim of his cash while returning from Imela to his village, Ogbom.

The victim identified as Lekan who suffered severe head injuries from matchet cuts is said to have been moved to the  intensive care unit of ECWA Hospital, Egbe, Yagba West Local Government. 

The causes of the incident was not known  at the time of this report. 

Senior Special Assistants on Security to the Governor in charge of Yagba West and Yagba East Local Governments, Tade Oshaloto and Juwon Abdulwakil, mobilized the Joint Military Task Force from the two councils to the scene of the incident and to the palace of the Ologbom of Ogbom, Oba Michael Aiyenigba. 

Addressing the people of Ogga, the border town between Yagba West and Yagba East, Oshaloto said although the incident did not occur within the territory of Yagba West, there was need to sympathise with their neighbours in Yagba East and also to forestall a possible spill over of the crisis to Yagba West.

Meanwhile, on Tuesdsy at a peace parley involving members of Miyetti Allah in Yagba West and Yagba East and stakeholders held at the Yagba East Local Government secretariat, Isanlu at the instance of the local government bosses, all parties assured of their resolve to live together in peace while intensifying synergies on community policing in the area in collaboration with the police and the joint military taskforce.

According to Abdulwakil who chaired the meeting,  the peace initiative between the Fulani herdsmen and residents of the two traditional councils was fruitful.

According to him, traditional rulers in the areas were made to sign to the treaty as precautionary measure. He said any traditional rulers who failed to maintain peace in their domains would be punished. 

The Department of Security Officer (DSO), Yagba West Local Government, Mr Abimbola Emmanuel Afolabi disclosed that the two herdsmen killed were not domiciled in the area. He said three of their cows were also killed.

Meanwhile, four persons have been arrested in connection with the killings while investigations to the cause of killing continued.

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