Two killed in Edo farm­ers, herders’ clash

The Punch - - NEWS - Sola Shittu, Benin

TWO peo­ple were killed on Mon­day in a clash be­tween farm­ers and herds­men in Sobe in the Owan West Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of edo State.

An eye­wit­ness said trou­ble started on Sun­day when the butchered body of an 11-yearold boy, who had gone to fetch fire­wood for his fam­ily, was found in­side the bush.

he was said to have been killed by sus­pected herds­men graz­ing on the farm.

The source said the boy’s rel­a­tives from Kwale al­legedly mo­bilised the youths in the com­mu­nity for a re­tal­ia­tory at­tack. They were said to have chased the herders, killing one of them in the process.

The in­ci­dent sparked panic in the com­mu­nity as many feared the herders might re­turn for a fresh at­tack.

The Chair­man of the coun­cil, Frank Ilaboya, ap­pealed for calm in the com­mu­nity

Ilaboya said he had re­ported the in­ci­dent to the state Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Lawal Jimeta, re­quest­ing in­creased po­lice pres­ence in the area.

The vet­eran sports jour­nal­ist said, “There is a need for every­body to re­main peace­ful and calm in the com­mu­nity. I have spo­ken to the Odib­i­ado of Sobe, his Royal highness, An­thony Ale­buru, on the need to mo­bilise his peo­ple to en­sure that there are no more civil­ian ca­su­al­ties. I have also mo­bilised the se­cu­rity of­fi­cials in the lo­cal gov­ern­ment to be on standby to fore­stall fur­ther cri­sis.”

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