Herdsmen gun down palm wine tapper, farmer in Edo

Herdsmen gun down palm wine tapper, farmer in Edo

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Suspected herdsmen have allegedly gun down a palm wine tapper, Onne Owoh and a farmer, Samuel Imonkhai in Owan Village, Ovia North East Local Government of Edo State.

FILE: A HERDER WITH FIRE ARM

Owoh and Imonkhai were separately killed on Wednesday at their various farms, according to security sources.

The bandits shot Owoh dead where he was tapping his palm while Imonkhai was hacked to death in his farm.

The incident have heightened tension amongst residents of Owan Community and others like Agbanikaka, Uhiere, Odiguetie and Odighi.

The residents in a save our soul message appealed to Governor Godwin Obaseki and security agencies to stop incessant and unprovoked killings by suspected herdsmen in their Communities.

The Village head (Odionwere of Owan), Pa Ifiabor Michael, said the Communities have have been under siege since the onslaught by suspected headsmen.

He said their farmland have been ravaged by the bandits who wielded sophisticated arms.

Pa Micheal alleged that eight persons have been killed across these communities since the start of February, 2020.

“Just yesterday, two  indigenes of Owan Village , a Palm Wine tapper named Owoh  and aged 45 was shot straight at by the bandits where he was tapping his  palm while another man named Samuel Imonkhai was brutal by this same bandits,” he said.

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He recalled that policeman was killed while another Policeman and several other indigenes of Owan Community sustained injuries from an ambush attack from the same bandits.

Edo police spokesman, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, could not be reached for comments.

Our Correspondent reports that Edo State government had banned night grazing by herdsmen with a view to check the menace of insecurity in the State.

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