Alleged shepherds burned three people alive in Edo
According to the SaharaReporters report, people suspected of being herders killed three people in parts of Edo State.
The grisly attacks reportedly took place on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Idogbo community, Ikpoba / Okha local government area, and the Sapele Road ring road in Benin City.
A native of the area, Prince Ogigor Austin Orhue confirmed the murders of the Sahara Reporters.
He said: “We whole Edolites and well-meaning Nigerians condemn the killing of our people in Edo and Nigeria in general by shepherds, bandits and Boko Haram.
“We want the world to know about the recent shepherds killing of our people in Edo. Recently, three people were burned to death. One occurred on Tuesday in the Idogbo community in the Ikpoba / Okha local government area, and on Wednesday with another person from the same community. Another person was burned alive on the Sapele bypass road in Benin.
“It is time for the oppressive government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to understand that we Edo people are not cowards.”
Earlier this month, some abused women in Edo state protested against the increased incidence of attacks, rituals and abductions by suspected pastors.
Women blocking some of the main roads in the Uromi community said they were constantly harassed and intimidated by shepherds.
They complained that they had lost their fortune due to the destructive activities of the cow shepherds.
The protesters noted that they were no longer safe, saying that Fulani herders had taken control of all the surrounding forests and bushes in the area.
They said the solution to the problem was for the Fulani herders to leave the area.
They added that their crops have always devastated the cows, while some of their relatives have been attacked by shepherds over time, adding that they now live in constant fear of attack by shepherds.
The next day, some youth leaders in the state issued a 14-day ultimatum to Fulani pastors to leave their congregations.
Young people, speaking through one of their groups, the Talakawa Parliament, ordered all the herders occupying farmland and forests in Edo State to leave.
The young men said the move followed the killing of three people, including two vigilantes suspected by Fulani herders in Ugo N’yekorkhionmwon, in the Orhionmwon local government area of the state.