Ten persons, including a traditional ruler , the Onu Agbenema , Musa Edibo ; and his wife have been killed, while several houses were burnt down by suspected herdsmen in separate attacks on Agbenema , Aj ’Ichekpa, Opada and Iyade villages , on Monday .
Agbenema is in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State .
The attackers who were allegedly armed with sophisticated weapons hid in the bushes around these villages from were they reportedly launched deadly attacks on their targets .
According to the natives , the herdsmen whose mode of operation is to set the houses ablaze and open fire on the fleeing inhabitants , allegedly slit victims ’ throats and cut off their vital parts.
The natives who would not want their names in print stated that the administrator of Omala LGA , Ibrahim Aboh, was lucky to have escaped from the attackers .
Also , the houses of former chairman , Adofu Stephen; and that of his parents were burnt.
Residents said soldiers who were drafted to curtail the herdsmen ’s rampage allegedly refused to assist them to repel the suspected herdsmen .
“ We were surprised when we approached the soldiers who were stationed at the Guest House at Abejukolo for assistance .
“ They refused to act professionally , as they used their vehicle to block us from advancing to the troubled spot to help our people.
“ They have razed down Ojuwo Ajomayeigbi , Iyade , Agbenema and Opada villages .
“ We want the world to come to our assistance before they exterminate and inherit our land . ”
When contacted , the Police Public Relations Officer of the state command said he was yet to be briefed by the DPO in Omala.
He promised to get back with details .
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