Following the shooting of two herders by gunmen in Ashige community, Lafia local government area, Nasarawa State, there is palpable tension.
The herders’ lifeless bodies were discovered on a farm at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 19, with several cuts on their faces.
Seidu Adamu-Muhammed, a family member of one of the deceased, said they learned of the tragedy on Friday night.
He and other family members went to the scene of the incident and called the cops, he added.
Their bodies were taken to the Lafia-based Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital.
Spokesperson of the State Police Command, ASP Ramhan Nansel, who confirmed the incident said that a distress call was received at 8:45 that two herders were shot dead by unknown gunmen in Ashige community.
“Upon receiving the report of the incident, the Commissioner of Police, Adesina Soyemi ordered the deployment of police personnel to Ashige community to maintain law and order,” he stated.
“He personally led the police officers to the scene of the incident where two corpses were recovered and deposited at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia, where the doctor on duty confirmed that they were dead.
“The herdsmen had attacked and killed a villager in the community three days ago which is 18th of this month and that was the reason why the reprisal attack was launched on them which led to the death of the two herders but we are still carrying out further investigation on the matter,” he added.