The Police Command in Kogi said it has launched a manhunt for some youths who allegedly killed two Fulani herdsmen in Egume, Dekina Local Government Area of the state.
The command’s spokesperson, DSP William Aya, told journalist in Lokoja on Sunday, that the herdsmen were grazing their cows in the bush, when the youths attacked them, killing two of them and injuring three others.
Aya said the incident, which occurred on March 10, 2020, was unwarranted, as the herdsmen were on their legitimate duty and did not herd their cows into any farm.
He said the police on hearing of the incident, rushed to the scene, evacuated the injured and the dead victims to the Grimmad Hospital, Ayingba.
He appealed to Fulani in the state not to embark on repraisal, saying that police will ensure justice by bringing the perpetrators to book.
In its reaction, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MCBAN), expressed shock over the attack on its members in Egume.
Umar Yusuf, state chairman of the group, identified those injured in the incident as Yahaya Aliyu, Husssini Aliyu and Shuaib Sule.
According to him, the attack was a setback to ongoing efforts to ensure peaceful co-existence between the Fulani and other tribes in the state.