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Gov. Bello visits victims of suspected herders’ attacks, promises adequate security

By Mohammed Ahmed Yabagi

The news of suspected Fulani herders killings in Ojuwo Ajoma - Igbi in Bassa LGA and other adjoining communities in Oganenigu in Dekina Local Government Area has prompted the visit of the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello to the affected areas.

Bello, during the visit, informed members of the communities that his administration and himself grieved with them over the heinous attacks, and promised to constitute a Commission to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the latest attacks.

He stressed the commitment of his government to ensure that adequate security would be made available to all parts of the state to forestall a repeat of attack which has sacked part of the community.

The Governor, who thanked officers and men of the 91 Brigade of the Nigerian Army for their prompt response to the news of the attacks, was particularly thankful to the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai and the Commander of the Army Records, Lokoja.

He called on all the Internally Displaced Persons to give his administration little time so that the security agencies could finish combing the adjoining towns to ensure adequate security before they could be returned to their towns.

The Governor, who described his administration as one that is committed to securing the lives and property of the State’s citizens, promised the people of his determination to ensure that all parts of the State are adequately protected.

While praising all the security forces that were mobilised to the area for their proactive measures in arresting the situation and curtailing it from spreading to neighboring communities, assured the people that those responsible for the dastard acts would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

He then praised the traditional rulers, women and youths groups and other stakeholders for their roles in curtailing the impact of the attack on the people. 

One of the eyewitnesses to the sad attack, Abdullahi Nasiru had told journalists in an interview of how it took place and said he suspected the attackers were not all Fulani despite their mode of dressing to disguise as cattleherders.

He said he suspected they numbered in hundreds and surrounded the village in an operation that began in the early morning hours of Wednesday, 13th March, 2018.

"Some of us that escaped on that day were only able to do that by divine miracle. It was a horrible experience because those who did not die by the power of their guns were captured and slaughtered by hands."

A son to one of the deceased, Aaron Attah, who was the first person to set foot on the area following the incident, confirmed ten dead bodies were confirmed dead and buried in the village, whilst two others were taken to their villages for burial. 

Speaking, the Ejeh of Dekina, Usman Obaje thanked the Governor for his response to the attack on the community, saying the action had demonstrated that he is a leader that cares for his people.

On his part, the spokesman of the community, Yakubu Ocholi lauded the Governor for his proactive leadership style, describing his visit as an example of a leader that has the interest of the people at heart.

He said no Governor has ever visited the area since the creation of the state despite the fact that the recent attack was not the first launched on the community by the suspected herders.

Ocholi then enumerated the problems confronting them to include inadequate educational materials for the community's secondary school, lack of motor-able roads, inadequate medical facilities for the community's cottage clinic among others.