It was a very sad in Nigeria a fortnight ago when reports filtered in of brutal killings in agrarian communities in Dekina and Omala Local Government Areas of Kogi State. The bloodshed was carried out by bandits alleged to be herdsmen who went on the rampage and killed 32 persons, among them the Onu Agbenema, Musa Edibo and his wife. Some of the communities that came under attack included Abejukolo, Obakume, Idirisu, Oji Apata Agbenema, Aj’Ichekpa, Opada and Iyade.
The violence in Kogi State came weeks after Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello, in an effort to curb incessant conflicts between farmers and herders, earmarked 15,000 hectares of land in the state for the establishment of a cattle colony. There is no greater measure to peace-initiative than this concession in support of the Federal Government’s dream to restrict the nomadic activities of herdsmen and the conflicts that attend to them. We therefore strongly condemn the violence in the two local governments and call on Kogi State and Federal Governments to institute an investigative panel to unravel their causes and punish those who masterminded them.