The Edo State Police Command has confirmed the killing of seven persons, including farmers, in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State by gunmen believed to be criminal herdsmen.

The victims were killed on Wednesday in Ugboke, Oshodi, Okokodo, Ariyan and Yoruba Camps, major farming communities in the Local Government Area.

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A resident of the area, Mrs. Janet Ighodaro, who spoke to journalists in Benin on Thursday, alleged that the suspected herdsmen have taken over the commonly known Yoruba camp as a base to attack other communities in the state.

She further claimed that she was lucky to escape stray bullets during the attacks, after which she ran to safety to seek refuge with her family in Benin City, the state capital.

Ms. Ighodaro added that four of the victims were on their way back from their farm when they were shot dead on the spot.

She lamented the absence of security forces in the farming communities, adding that when contacted, the police stopped in Okhokhua, a neighbouring community, and refused to go further into the bushes.

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She added that they asked the villagers to bring the bodies to them at their location.

She, therefore, called on security agents to come to their rescue as a matter of urgency.

When contacted on phone, the State Police Command’s spokesman, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed the incident and said efforts were being made to arrest the perpetrators.

“The state police command is aware of the incident that happened within the jurisdiction of Ekhiadolor divisional police command.

“The DPO and his operatives visited the crime site and evacuated the bodies and moves are on to ensure that the place is calm and lives return to normalcy.

“Also, the police is carrying out its investigation to effect the arrest of the criminal herdsmen who perpetuated the dastardly acts.

“The command is bent on using every legal means to fish out the criminals,” Nwabuzor added.