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Kogi Massacre: Death toll now 50

 

The killings by fulani herdsmen in some communities in Kogi state continued unabated on friday as the death toll rose to 50.

Reports say no fewer than 50 persons have so far been killed in Ognaneinugu and environs while hundreds of people have been displaced and many more still missing.

Witnesses  said the latest was  more fierce, as the police and other security personnels drafted to the area to restore law and order were overwhelmed by the attackers.

Also, it was reliably gathered that the attacks may spread to Abejukolo and Agbenema communities in Omala local government area as the people are leaving the town in droves to the neighbouring towns such as Anyigba, Egume and other safe areas.

The account said that over 50 houses were so far razed in Oganeinugu alone aside from other neighbouring communities whose residents are said to have fled in droves to places like Anyigba, Ologba, Etulutekpe, Iyale and others.

“As at present no body can say the exact number of dead people because many families are yet to locate their relations,” the source said.

The source also disclosed that the presence of the security agents drafted to the trouble areas was yet to check mate the situation.

Another eye witness who spoke to our correspondent, Ojodale Philip who is the principal of the Community secondary school in Oganenigwu said “my school was under attack by Fulani terrorist at about 8:30 am but to God be the glory no life was lost in my School, but many people were massacred in the village.

“I was personally shot at several times but nothing happened to me. In my hands are some of the bullets that were meant to kill me”.

However, the Kogi State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, has blamed the killings on Governor Yahaya Bello who they say has refused to visit the area.

The PDP says the governor’s open invitation to the rampaging herdsmen and the setting up of cattle colonies without adequate security measures put in place, has fueled the killings.

In a statement signed by the Director Research and Documentation, Achadu Dickson,
the governor should explain his role in the killings following his invitation of the herdsmen and ceding of some 15,000 hectares of land to the herdsmen without consulting the people.
Meanwhile, as at the time of filing in this report the governor was yet to visit the affected areas for on -the- spot assessment.

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