No less than 10 persons were feared killed during the weekend as some armed men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen invaded two local government councils in Kogi State.
It was gathered that their farmlands were set on fire in the raid that took place on Friday in Omala and Yagba West local government councils respectively.
An eyewitness reports that some Fulani herdsmen invaded Ogabifo village near Agbenema community in Omala local government council of the state on Friday with their cattle.
According to the source, “the Fulani herdsmen invaded the farmland and fed their cattle with the produce of the farm, and when the owner of the farm with his family approached them, they attacked the farmer and his family and chased them to the village where about 10 people were killed.”
After invading the village, it was further learnt that the marauders went back to their farms and destroyed their crops and then ran away.
This Day reports that the source (name withheld) said the Fulani herdsmen numbering five were fully armed with AK 47 rifles and other dangerous weapons.
The source added that the villagers have fled from their various houses as the Fulani herdsmen promised to invade the village again.
In another similar incident, some herdsmen invaded another farm land in Yagba West local government council of the state.
An eye-witness said the Fulani herdsmen with over 30 cattle invaded a rice farm owned by a woman in Omi, destroyed the rice farm and chased the farmers from their farm land.
A farmer, who sought anonymity, said that the Fulani herdsmen were fully armed when they arrived at the farmland.
He added that other farmers were in their farms working when they heard several gunshots when the Fulani herdsmen invaded the farms. He stated that it was by God’s grace that they escaped from their farms. He therefore appealed to the state government to take a proactive step by calling the Fulani herdsmen to order.