The camp housing some Fulani herdsmen in Okada community in Ovia North East local government area of Edo State has been razed following the killing of a 64-year farmer, identified as Alex.
Alex was found brutally murdered in a bush near his farm. His neck was sliced and he was stabbed in the stomach and had several machete cuts all over his body.
The wife of late Alex, Margaret, accused the Fulani herdsmen, saying her husband has been complaining about their activities on his farm.
“They have killed my husband and left me to care for the children. The people that went there said they saw the Fulani people sandals in the place,” Margaret said.
Hon Omosede Igbinedion, the member representing Ovia Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, confirmed the killing, describing it as “another tragedy that has become a common occurrence in today’s Nigeria.”
Omosede, who hails from Okada community, urged the state Commissioner of Police to carry out an immediate full scale investigation, with a view to bringing the perpetrators to book and make them face the wrath of the law.
“I received with both shock and horror, the dastardly act perpetrated by someone who can only be described as “barbaric, inhumane and animalistic,” Igbinedion said.
“We will not sit back and allow this to continue. I will bring the attention of the Federal Government to this gruesome murder which was allegedly carried out by ‘Fulani Herdsmen’.”
“It is expected that these herdsmen co-exist with the indigenous people of Okada and Ovia in a dignified manner. They have no right over another man’s farmland, furthermore killing a man in cold blood.”
“Every citizen of Nigeria should feel protected under the law. My heart goes out to the family of the deceased. I can only imagine what they must be going through at this moment in time.”