The death toll in the Wednesday attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen numbering over 500 in Dekina and Omala Local Government Areas of Kogi State, has been put at 32 with many more still missing.
According to reports, the over 500 Fulani assailants arrived by boat on that fateful Wednesday, March 14, and opened fire on the people, killing many on the spot and burning down houses.
The report also indicated that an eyewitness said the invaders wore military fatigue and wielded AK 47 assault rifles.
The gory incident was confirmed in a press conference by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Kogi State, Monday Bala, who, however, declined to give the number of people killed by the killer Fulani herdsmen.
He, however, informed that the state Commissioner of Police, Aliyu Janga, has deployed policemen to the affected area to restore order.
Ironically, the Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, had donated 15,000 hectares of land to the Fulanis to use as cattle colony and had said that the herdsmen were welcome to Kogi State to carry out their activities stressing that the Kogi has no anti-open grazing laws.