Suspected Fulani herdsmen killed three people and injured a dozen others on their farms in Sobe community in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo State.
Among those that were killed were a pastor and two of his workers who were working on the farm when the herders swooped on them on Saturday, March 4, 2023.
A source told journalists that the latest attack was the fifth in the series of herdsmen attacks on the Agrarian community since January, 2023, when the killer herders launched their first attack.
“The people of Sobe community in Owan West Local government area of Edo State have suffered another attack today following the renewed hostility of Fulani herdsmen in the area. They killed a pastor and two of his workers while they were working in their farm land around Eti Oseh Road, which links to Saboginda Ora,” the source said.
Effort of the Edo State Security Network to rescue the victims before they died proved abortive as the herdsmen numbering 40 open fire on the rescue team and most of them escaped with various degrees of bullet injuries.
“We call on Edo State governor led by Governor Godwin Obaseki and Edo State commissioner of police and her sister agencies to beef up security in Sobe community.
“This is the fifth time Sobe will suffer deadly attacks from Fulani herdsmen this year. Most people living in the suburbs of the community have since left their homes while most farmers have moved from the community,” the source added.
A survivor of the attack, Abel Marvelous shared photos of his injuries on Facebook and wrote;
“I am glad that I escaped the wrath of Fulani herdsmen. They almost do away with me yesterday.
God you are great
It happens 6pm yesterday Owan West l.g.a. Sobe ward 11.
They have almost finished us here,3 person where killed yesterday and 5 people seriously injured, including me and my brother.”