In a tragic turn of events, numerous individuals are feared dead following a violent conflict between farmers and herdsmen in Isanlu, the administrative hub of Yagba East local government area in Kogi State. The clash erupted on Sunday evening, creating a tense atmosphere in the region.
According to sources, the confrontation was ignited after a farmer was brutally killed in an ambush while heading to his farmland on Friday. The chairman of Yagba East local government area, Hon. Abdulrazaq Ijagbemi, confirmed the incident, shedding light on the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident.
Hon. Ijagbemi recounted, “A farmer, while working on his farmland, found his crops destroyed by a herder’s cows. In response, he caught one of the cows and proceeded to the local police station to file a report. He was instructed to bring the cow to the station, but was ambushed by Fulani men on his way. His brother, who managed to escape the scene, alerted the community.”
The farmer’s mutilated body was discovered in the wilderness after two days of intensive search by local hunters and villagers.
In retaliation to this brutal act, local youths reportedly attacked the Fulani men in the community, resulting in numerous casualties and forcing the remaining to flee. Around 15 motorcycles and a Toyota Corolla car, all owned by the Fulani men, were reportedly set ablaze by the angered locals.
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