Two killed in Edo farmers, herders’ clash
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.”