….Omala LG Chairman narrowly escapes being shot
…..Ojogba of Ife asks the military to leave his kingdom
In a wave of fresh killings spreading across Kogi-east region of Kogi state, 10 persons, including a traditional ruler, the Onu Agbenema, Musa Edibo; and his wife have been killed, while several houses were burnt down by suspected fulani terrorists in separate attacks on Agbenema, Aj’Ichekpa, Opada and Iyade villages, on Monday.
Agbenema is in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State.
The attackers who were allegedly armed with sophisticated weapons hid in the bushes around these villages from were they reportedly launched deadly attacks on their targets.
According to the natives, the terrorists whose mode of operation is to set the houses ablaze and open fire on the fleeing inhabitants, allegedly slit victims’ throats and cut off their vital parts.
The natives who would not want their names in print stated that the administrator of Omala LGA, Ibrahim Aboh, was lucky to have escaped from the attackers.
Also, the houses of former chairman, Adofu Stephen; and that of his parents were burnt.
Residents said soldiers who were drafted to curtail the herdsmen’s rampage allegedly refused to assist them to repel the suspected 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.
“They have razed down Ojuwo Ajomayeigbi, Iyade, Agbenema and Opada villages. “We want the world to come to our assistance before they exterminate and inherit our land.”
Following this development, the paramount ruler in Omala LGA, the Ojogba of Ife, Chief Boniface Musa has asked the military men posted to his kingdom to leave as according to him, “they are here to aid and abet fulani terrorists in killing our people and destroying our property.
“Right now, coordinated war is raging simultaneously in most villages in Omala, Dekina, and Bassa LGAs . Our people are being killed and houses burnt down, even as our women are being raped while many children who ran from the theatre of war were still missing.
“Since the attacks begun, we cannot go to the farms even markets have closed. Hunger has come to stay on our soil. If drastic measures are not done to quell this mad killings by these herdsmen, food insecurity will take over our land,” he lamented.
The Police command in the state could not confirrm or deny today’s incident as according to them, they are yet to be briefed by the DPO in Omala.