Herdsmen didn’t kill 10 farmers in Kogi – Omodara
*Says report by Daily Post was misleading, malicious
Contrary to reports making the round that 10 farmers were hacked to death by Fulani herdsmen at a village in Omala Local Government Area of the state, government has debunked the publication, saying it was misleading and done in bad faith.
Kogi State Security Adviser, Navy Commander Jerry Omodara(rtd) disclosed this to newsmen in Lokoja, today, describing the report as misleading, and advised journalists to always cross check their facts before hurrying to the press.
A news medium, Daily Post reported last week that about 10 persons lost their lives in a clash between farmers and Fulani herdsmen in a village in Omala.
He revealed that what happened was a minor misunderstanding resulting in the death of one Abuka Awodi, saying that the death toll was not 10 as speculated by the news medium.
The Security Adviser maintained that the state was not under any siege by herdsmen as being reported, revealing that the clash in Ejigba, Yagba East Local Government didn’t result in any death, neither was anybody killed in Bassa.
The state government, he said, is conscious of the security of lives of it’s people, especially on the relationship between farmers and herdsmen, noting that it was in line with this that Governor Bello met with traditional rulers, farmers and leaders of Fulani herdsmen with a view towards ensuring lasting peace and harmony.
Part of measures by government to ensure peaceful co- existence between farmers and herdsmen, he disclosed, was the idea to conduct census of Fulani herdsmen in the state and several other plan by government to integrate them into the peace process of the state.
He called on members of the public to disregard the report which he pointed out is a product of malignant journalism and brazen mischief, urging Daily Post to toe the path of responsible news reporting or be ready to face the wrath of the law.