…Their 3 bicycles stolen.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Bandits, suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, have reportedly invaded Ipoya-Ogege in Edumoga, in Idoma area of Benue South, Benue State, and pursued inhabitants from their farms.
An aged male farmer, Mr. Ude Oche, who could not run faster like others, was reportedly caught and severely beaten to the state of coma, and injured, by the Fulani herdsmen, who were in possession of sophisticated weapons.
According to the source, Sunday Oche, who spoke on phone, “Elder Ude Oche luckily escaped being beaten to death due to quick intervention of villagers, who received information of the invasion by those, who earlier escaped the bandits.”
Sunday Oche said all the bandits fled on hearing villagers’ motorcycle sound coming towards the plantation area of farms, a bit far from the Main Ipoya villages.
He also said that bicycles belonging to the three men that saw them and ran away were taken away by the bandits during the incident, which occurred Thursday last week, around 8:30-9am, when the villagers went to farm to harvest their produce.
Most , especially women, children and elderly people have reportedly fled to neighbouring villages and bushes for fears of repeat attacks by the bandits, when the incident was reported.
The source recounted series of attacks and killings, and lamented that they were yet to recover two bodies of the three persons killed in the past by the bandits.
He also revealed that some persons were murdered in some neighboring villages in the past. It was, however, reported that a baby cattle was found dead in the area for grazing into a farmers farm crops, on that fateful day.
Accordingly, he said even though, the Senator representing Benue Zone C, Sen. Abba Moro, and the chairman Okpokwu LG, had on several occasions been informed of the ugly development, but did nothing much because they are tired of fruitless efforts made previously.
Recalled that the prohibition or ban on grazing of cattle is still enforced in Benue State.