Ten persons, including a traditional ruler, the Onu Agbenema, Musa Edibo; and his wife have been killed by suspected herdsmen who attacked villages in Kogi state on Monday, Punch reports.
Several houses were said to have been burnt down by suspected herdsmen in separate attacks on Agbenema, Aj’Ichekpa, Opada and Iyade villages in the state.
Agbenema is in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State.
According to the report, 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.
Some natives, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the herdsmen 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.
According to them, the administrator of Omala LGA, Ibrahim Aboh, was lucky to have escaped from the attackers, but 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.
One of them was quoted as saying: “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.”