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Suspected Fulani herdsmen kill one in Kogi

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Suspected Fulani herdsmen have reportedly killed a 35-year-old farmer, Mr. Ariyo Aina, on his way to the farm at Ogga community in Yagba West Council of Kogi State.

National president of Ogga Progressive Union (OPU) Mr. Bamidele Olure, told journalists yesterday in Lokoja that Aina was murdered on Saturday, May 18.

According to him, Aina left home for the farm about 9am on Saturday, but his lifeless body was later found by other farmers.

“There were several machete cuts on his head and body, and we believe it is the handiwork of Fulani herdsmen, because they are known for such killings in the area.

“Aina had had several altercations with Fulani herdsmen in his farm over the destruction of his crops by cattle.

“The deceased had reported the matter to the police up to 11 times, but the police had insisted that he provided an evidence to show that destruction in his farm was done by cattle.

“However, last year, Aina was able to capture one calf in his farm and took it to the police station as evidence. That was when the police arrested the Fulani herders and they were made to pay compensation to the late Aina,” he said.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP William Aya, told The Guardian in Lokoja that the incident was reported at the police division in Odo-Ere on Saturday.

However, crisis was averted yesterday in Jos North, Plateau State, as the Hausa community disagreed with Irigwe natives on where a body of Irigwe man found on battlefield would be buried.

Remains of the young Irigwe man was found yesterday around the Hausa settlement of Angwan Miango in Rikkos, Jos North, which houses both the Hausa and Irigwe people.

The Guardian gathered that the young man had lost his goat on Sunday and went in search of it, but also lost his life in the process.

When the dead body was found, the family only insisted that it must be buried where it was found because the place is a battlefield.

But the Hausa objected, and that led to throwing of stones by the two parties.

As each group went to mobilise for war, security personnel intervened and calmed the situation.

Meanwhile, Nasarawa State police command has arrested 14 suspected kidnappers along Mararaba/Odege road in Nasarawa Council.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bola Longe, said the arrest was made possible following a tip-off from members of the public.

Longe gave the hint yesterday while parading the suspects at the command’s headquarters in Lafia.

He also hinted that some kidnap victims had identified some of the suspects as those that held them hostage till ransom was paid.

Similarly, the command has also launched Operation Puff Adder to flush criminals out of the state.

“The Operation Puff Adder is aimed at re-dominating and re-claiming the public space from heinous criminal elements that are bent on threatening the nation’s security.

longe appealed to members of the public to avail the police useful information that would help to efficiently fight crime in the state.


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