Another Dark memory for the people of Kogi West as Suspected Herdsmen launched attack of two of it’s communities.
SAVIDNEWS reliably gathered that the herdsmen invaded two Tivs settlement, one in Ilai, the outskirts of Mopamuro, and the other in Ido-Gbede of Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State at about 4a.m. on Monday.
A source close to the two local government areas told SAVIDNEWS that the herdsmen, numbering over 50, invaded the two communities, heavily armed with AK47 rifles.
They equally damaged goods worth several millions of naira and also stole some foodstuffs from both communities during the attacks.
Some of the victims in a phone chat with SAVIDNEWS said they were surprised that the Fulani herdsmen attacked them.
According to the victims, the herdsmen invaded the communities at about 4a.m., and immediately they arrived, in the area, they started shooting sporadically which made people to run for their lives.
They disclosed further that 10 persons were killed during the attack on the two communities, stressing that the Fulani herdsmen were fully armed with dangerous weapons such as AK47 riflrs, cutlasses, axes among others.
Meanwhile, the Administrator of Mopamuro Local Government Area, Hon Moses Sunday David, has condemned the attack.
Reacting yesterday, he said: “I am surprised that the attack came barely a week after we had a peace and security meeting at the Elulu’s palace to forestall this kind of unfortunate occurrence.”
In a prompt on-the-spot assessment of the damage, the administrator in company of Alhaji Taofik Isah, Administrator Ijumu Local Government Area and ALGON Chairman, said: “We shall work with the security agencies to see that we rejig security architecture to ensure that people and properties are safe.”
David said he had contacted relevant government agencies immediately as he assured the people of the readiness of government to see that the menace become a thing of the past.
However, the Police Public Relations Officer of the state police command, Mr. William Ayah, when contacted on the attack, said the command was yet to receive any report from the two communities, adding that he was not aware of the incident.
Meanwhile, the Federal Secretariat in Abuja was yesterday locked down after another protest march by the members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) otherwise known as the Shiite Movement yesterday turned violent.
In the ensuing commotion which began about 1p.m., two protesters were feared dead after they were struck by police bullets.
The clashes forced civil servants and other people at the scene to beat a retreat into several offices and the large car park at the Eagles Square.