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Group blames Yahaya Bello over attacks on Kogi communities



The Kogi socio-political group, Project Save Kogi (PSK) has described the fresh herdsmen attack on two communities in Ilu-Ajo, Kogi West which left 10 dead and scores wounded as barbaric and unacceptable.

In a statement by the Project’s spokesman, Samson Atek’ojo Usman, he explained that the invasion of Fulani herdsmen at the wee hours of Monday, was uncalled for, particularly as the attacks occur on weekly basis now.
He wondered how a slight misunderstanding over alleged loss of honey belonging to a herder culminated into a deadly attack.

“We are at a loss over a complaint by a Fulani man who alleged that his honey was stolen. A resident he accused denied and the next thing was an attack on the community the following morning’, Usman said.

They accused the Sole Administrator of Ijumu LGA, Alhaji Taofik Isah of complicity, for giving out contrary figures of those killed, adding that he was being economical with the truth.

The group warned politicians in the state to stop playing politics with human lives, noting that the spate of attacks in the state has not reduced in any way yet..

According to them, the open invitation of Fulani herdsmen to the state by the governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has scaled up attacks, adding that the peace meeting which was held last week has collapsed.

“I am surprised that the attack came barely a week after a peace/security meeting was held at the Elulu’s palace to forestall this kind of unfortunate occurrence.”

The group urged the state government to provide relief materials to those who were displaced by the attackers.

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