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Soldiers Have Refused To Help Us – Victims Of Fulani Herdsmen Cry Out In Kogi

Reports gathered by our correspondent have it that soldiers drafted to curtail the herdsmen’s killings in Kogi State allegedly refused to assist the locals to repel the invaders. According to an eyewitness who narrated what happened,  “We were surprised when we approached the soldiers who were stationed at the Guest House at Abejukolo for assistance and they refused to act professionally.

They used their vehicles to block us from advancing to the troubled spot to help our people. “It is clear that the aim of the Fulani herdsmen is to kill us and take over our ancestral homes. They have razed down Ojuwo Ajomayeigbi, Iyade, Agbenema and Opada villages so that they could use our land for their cattle colonies.

“We want the world to come to our assistance before these Fulani exterminate us and inherit our land. We have lost confidence in the security agencies posted to us. From their actions, we believed they have been instructed to adopt ‘siddon look’ while we are being massacred. “Right now a coordinated war is raging simultaneously in most villages in Omala, Dekina, and Bassa local government areas. 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 are still missing.

“Since the attacks begun, we cannot go to the farms while markets have been closed. Hunger has come to stay on our soil. If drastic measures are not taken to quell these mad killings by these herdsmen, food insecurity will take over our land,” a resident said. On Saturday, Governor Yahaya Bello visited the crisis prone area of Oganenigu where several lives were lost, while houses were burnt. Over 45 motorbikes and food were carted away the invading Fulani herders, with a promise to take the attack across the state.

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