Farmers, Herders Clash Claim One Life in Kogi

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One person reportedly lost his life when farmers and herders clashed in Ole-Esu community in Omala local government area of Kogi state over the weekend.

Many cows also were killed in the clash, according to Abdullahi Ako, a resident who disclosed the incident to newsmen.

Ako said trouble started on Saturday when migrating herders were sighted destroying crops in Ole-Esu community.

“This weekend, tempers flared up and a crisis resulted between herders and residents of Ole-Esu community. We learned that one person was killed and many cows were also killed.

“We are not against the herders passing through our land, but they should respect our own means of livelihood. It’s heart-wrecking to see what one laboured for destroyed just like that,” he said.

Another resident, Ebiloma Edime, said, “The herders should respect our source of food, income and livelihood as we respect theirs.”

They appealed to the government at all levels and security agencies to come to their aid to nip in the bud the reported planned reprisal attack.

The police public relations officer, SP William Ovye Aya, confirmed the incident.

He, however, said the situation is currently under control and calm.

“Police and other security agencies, including vigilantes and hunters, are keeping surveillance over the areas with keen interest,” he assured.

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