Two indigenes of Owan community, Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State were Wednesday, February 19, killed by suspected herdsmen.
The Herders reportedly attacked the village, shot and killed a Palm-Wine tapper, one Owoh, aged 45, where he was tapping his Palm-Wine, and Samuel Imonkhai where he was cultivating his farm.
Speaking, the Odionwere of the community, Pa Ifiabor Michael, lamented that Owan communities have been under siege from suspected herdsmen who have not only ravaged the people’s farm land but have also embarked on a killing spree of the inhabitants.
According to him, a rough estimate shows that no fewer than 8 persons predominantly farmers have been killed across communities under Uhiere Ward since the start of February, 2020.
He said, “Just yesterday, two indigenes of Owan village, a Palm Wine tapper named Owoh, aged 45 was shot by the bandits where he was tapping his palm while another man named Samuel Imonkhai was brutally murdered by this same bandits.”
In his Lamentations, another resident who does not want his name mentioned said all effort made by the inhabitants of the communities to draw government attention to their plight has proved abortive.
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He added that Owan community has become a flashpoint for herders, adding that recently a policeman was killed while another policeman and several other indigenes of Owan community particularly vigilante members sustained various degrees of bullet injuries from an ambush from this same bandits when they attempted to go to the Bush to retrieve the Corpse of a member of the community that was also killed in the farm by this same herdsmen.
Residents of Owan, Agbanikaka , Uhiere, Odiguetie and Odighi communities therefore appealed to Governor Godwin Obaseki and security agencies to come to their rescue by putting an end to the incessant and unprovoked killings by suspected Herdsmen in their communities.
Several calls put across to Police Public Relations Officer, Edo State Command, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor over the incident went unanswered