Herdsmen attack allegedly leaves 1 dead, several injured

The attack happened only 24 hours after the state enforced its Open Grazing Prohibition Law.

The attack, which is coming on the heels of the implementation of the Open Grazing Prohibition Law in the state, occurred on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, as many were left injured by the perpetrators.

The attack was confirmed by Governor Samuel Ortom's Security Adviser and Chairman of the Task Force on Implementation of the Open Grazing Prohibition Law, Col. Edwin Jando, as well as the state's police command.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent Moses Yamu, said, "We received a report that on November 2 there was an attack on Azege village in Logo, when suspected herdsmen passed through the community in the early hours of the day.

"The Divisional Police Officer and Mobile Police Men stationed at Ayilamo quickly moved in, discovered that one 40-year-old Otte Kwaghdoo was killed, while 70-year-old Hingir Akaa sustained injuries.

"The corpse was deposited at NKST mortuary, Ayilamo, while the injured is receiving treatment. However, one Gambo Ahmadu was arrested with a locally-made pistol with three live cartridges. Investigation is ongoing."

According to Vanguard, an eyewitness reported that the attackers moved in mass numbers to surrounding communities and begged authorities to intervene to prevent more bloodshed.

The eyewitness said, "We had raised alarm over the presence and influx of strange herdsmen in Gaambe-tiev. They have moved in thousands with their cows and settled in Ukemberagya/Tswarev council ward at Zaki Hemem, Tyo-Afia, Tse Gusa, Tse Agir, Ordughga Nagwa, Tsafa, Chia Orabum and Jootar axis.

"In Mbagber ward they are at Gov-Uwev environ, while in Tombo council ward they are at Azege, Anyibe and Fanu axis.

"We are appealing to the authorities concerned to mobilise security to the border areas to curtail further carnage by these marauders.

"We appreciate the Security Adviser to the Governor, Colonel Edwin Jando's directive to get Ortse Kwaghdoo's killers, but security needs to be deployed to the areas as farmers are yet to harvest their crops, which are being destroyed by the herdsmen and their cows."

The police have appealed for calm as many still remain missing or unaccounted for as a result of the attack.

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