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Suspected Herdsmen Murder 64-year-old Man In Edo

Fulani herders battle farmers
Posted: Apr 8, 2016 at 9:15 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
Francis Onoiribholo
A camp inhabited by some Fulani herdsmen in Okada Community, Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State has been razed by unknown persons following the killing of a 64-year-old farmer identified as Alex.
Reports had it that before the unidentified persons razed the camp, all the inhabitants of the camp had fled to an unknown destination with their cattle.
Alex was allegedly found brutally murdered at a bush near his farm.
It was gathered that a search party led by his younger brother was said to have discovered the body after he failed to return home from the farm.
Reports also had it that his neck was sliced, stabbed in the stomach and had several machete cuts all over his body.
Margaret, wife of late Alex, is accusing the Fulani herdsmen of the dastardly act, pointing out that her husband had been complaining about the Fulani herdsmen’s activities on his farm.
“They have killed my husband and left me to care for the children. The people that went there said they saw the Fulani people sandals in the place,” said.
A youth in the community who claimed to follow policemen to the scene said: “I followed policemen and the family to the scene. There were cuts all over his body. They cut his neck and stabbed him in the stomach.”
The youth who said that what he saw made him sick also said that when they went to the Fulani camp they discovered that all the inhabitants have disappeared.
Reacting to the killing, Hon. Omosede Igbinedion, the member representing Ovia Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, described the killing as “another tragedy that has become a common occurrence in today’s Nigeria.”
Omosede who hails from Okada community urged the state Commissioner of Police to carry out an immediate full scale investigation with a view to bringing the perpetrators to book and make them face the wrath of the law.
“I received with both shock and horror, the dastardly act perpetrated by someone who can only be described as “barbaric, inhumane and animalistic.
 “We will not sit back and allow this to continue. I will bring the attention of the Federal Government to this gruesome murder which was allegedly carried out by Fulani Herdsmen.
“It is expected that these herdsmen co-exist with the indigenous people of Okada and Ovia in a dignified manner. They have no right over another man’s farmland, not even killing a man in cold blood.
“Every citizen of Nigeria should feel protected under the law. My heart goes out to the family of the deceased. I can only imagine what they must be going through at this moment in time,” Igbinedion said.
 DSP Abiodun Osifo, Edo Police Command spokesman, said he was yet to be fully briefed on the matter.