28-year-old cut down in herdsmen attack on Nasarawa community

By Gbenga Osinaike

There seems to be no end in sight to the menace of Fulani herdsmen as reports reaching Church Times indicate that lives are daily being lost to the vicious herders.

The herdsmen are said to have continued to decimate lives in the middle belt region of Nigeria and have lately said to have invaded a community called Aja in Nasarawa State where a 28 year old NCE graduate was reportedly killed on Tuesday.

The victim Joseph Ochenjele, a native of Agwuma in Agatu Local Government of  Benue State according to his cousin, Isaac Ochenjele, was said to have gone to Nasarawa to begin a farming project when he was cut down during an attack on a village called Aja.

The herdsmen were said to have invaded the community on Sunday evening and were said to have destroyed lives and properties up till Tuesday.

Though the number of lives lost to the attack could not be ascertain, the victim’s cousin in a statement stated that several lives were lost during the attack. The reason for the attack could not be ascertained. But he noted in the statement that the herders were acting as if they owned the land and should be allowed to operate freely without any inhibition.

This is coming just as herdsmen on Wednesday were reported to have invaded Ohovbe Primary School in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State forcing pupils to abandon their studies.

About Gbenga Osinaike

Gbenga Osinaike is a 1992 graduate of Dramatic Arts from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He specialised in Play-writing. He also holds a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Lagos. He was Assistant Editor in Punch Newspapers from where he resigned having worked for 13 years to start Church Times Nigeria in March 2007. He is currently the Nigeria representative of US based Institute of Global Church Studies and also the Publicity Secretary of the Lagos, Nigeria Chapter of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria. He is married and blessed with two children.

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