Suspected herdsmen have killed seven farmers in some communities in Edo State, Premium Times reports.
The gruesome attack was said to have been carried out on Wednesday at Ugboke, Oshodi, Okokodo, Ariyan, and Yoruba camp situated in Ovia North-East Local Government Area of the state.
The police spokesperson in the state, Chidi Nwabuzor, who confirmed the incident, said efforts were on to arrest the perpetrators.
An indigene of the area, Janet Ighodaro, said the killer herdsmen used the popular Yoruba camp located in Ovia North-East LGA as a base to launch an attack into various communities in the area.
Mrs Ighodaro said, “I was lucky to escape the stray bullets. I have come to Benin City to take refuge with her family. The suspected gunmen shot sporadically killing seven persons.”
Four of the victims, Mrs Ighodaro said, were returning from their farm when they were shot and killed on the spot.
“Others were killed in their farms,” she added.
She lamented that the gruesome attack on the camps and communities was reported to the police. She said security presence in the area was zero.
Mrs Ighodaro stressed that the policemen who arrived in the area on Wednesday only stopped at Okokhua community.