Scores killed, 7 villages sacked as Fulani herdsmen invade Idoma communities in Benue

Scores of people have been reportedly killed and over seven villages sacked, following the recent alleged invasion of Fulani herdsmen in Edumoga in Okpokwu local government area of Benue state.

The affected villages include Okpale Ogege, Opkiliho, Otobi, Ijeha, Effion, among others, in Edomuga Ehaje in Idomaland.

An eyewitness, Simeon Ubah, told our correspondent on phone that trouble started 2nd January, 2016, when herdsmen invaded a Yam farm belonging to a farmer in a village known as Ejema, and ate up the harvested yams in the farm a day after New Year celebration.

The insider stressed that on getting to the farm on January 3rd, the wife of Mathias, the owner of the farm, raised alarm on seeing the havoc, which attracted sympathisers and other farmers within the vicinity.

The witness further stated that when the owner of the farm was approaching the farm the next day, the Fulani men allegedly attacked him with knife and, later, they equally attacked his wife, living them with several machete cut injuries.

It was gathered that the injuries sustained by the owner of the farm and his wife, from the attack by herdsmen, sparked up violent crises between the youths from neighbouring villages and Fulanis, which led to the death of about five Idoma natives and several others injured.

According to the source, most villagers have stopped going to farm since the incident occurred, for fear of Fulani herdsmen attack, and have fled from the area to the nearest towns and villages for safety.

The source also disclosed that police security deployed to the area have been trying to contain the crises.

The informant revealed that the herdsmen used Akpa Quarters in Utonkon and a village called Adiga, as rout to invade the communities and perpetrate the attacks.

Edumoga natives in Kaduna state are putting heads together on how to appeal for peace to return, urging government to provide enough security for the protection against the innocent villagers, who are solely farmers.

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