Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen in the early hours of Sunday laid siege on some communities in Dekina Local Government Area (LGA) of Kogi State, killing scores of locals and setting their houses on fire.
The militia, according Daily Trust, launched the attack from a base in neighbouring Bassa LGA. The Oganenigu Ward chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), James Adah, was among those who lost their lives in the attack.
Locals said that a detachment of the Nigerian Army from Oguma Army Base in Bassa came after the marauders had left.
“There’s a humanitarian crises on our hands. Most of our people have run to Iyale, Ikpakpala, Odolu and host of others to take refuge, while others that have no place to go are stranded on the Abejukollo-Anyigba Road,” said a resident, Richard Adejo.
Police authority in the state had not issued a statement over the incident. But the state governor, Yahaya Bello confirmed the invasion as he urged residents to remain calm.
The governor described the incident “vile and statanic”, adding his government would not relent in bringing defaulters of peace to book.
“My administration will continue to face out crisis entrepreneurs from the state and ensure that those involved shall be brought to book under the laws,” the governor said. “The government will never bow to the machinations of heartless elements in its resolves to rid the state of criminals.”