About 18 people feared killed following attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Kogi communities.
To this end, the Forum of Igala Journalists (FORIJA), a body of Igala practicing Journalists has condemned the early Wednesday morning herdsmen attack on Oganenigu Community in Dekina Local Government of Kogi State that claimed 18 people.
A statement signed by the Secretary General of the forum, Omonu Yakubu-Gowon said, visiting such heinous crime on a peaceful community for no just cause, is an invitation to anarchy.
“These herdsmen attacks is a time-out bomb that, if not checked can consume all of us.” The statement said.
The statement further stressed that, the primary purpose of government is the security of lives and properties, hence, the current situation, where innocent people are being hacked down without state protection is applauding, ridiculous and unjust.
“The onus is on the President Muhammadu Buhari led federal government to read riot act to these murderous herdsmen. The body language of the President is not stern enough to send strong message to these herdsmen from hell, whose pre-occupation is to ensure continuos blood flow in the land. ”
Coming barely three years after similar incidence, is one attack too many. “Three years ago, the same community was attacked several times by herdsmen, which resulted in the lost of about 10 lives and thousands displaced.”
The statement commended the Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello and the Chairman of Dekina Local government for prompt deployment of Security Agencies to restore calm.
The 18 dead bodies recovered so far have been taken to mortuary and the injured are currently been treated in various hospitals in Anyigba, Dekina and Lokoja. While other are yet to be accounted for.
An eye witness said, the attack began at about 6:30 am, when the vigilantes had let down their guards. The whole community was raised down. The dreaded men came armed with AK47 and petrol. As they were shooting, burning of house was also going simultaneously.