Benue LG chairman narrates how herdsmen gruesomely murdered his son, 45 others

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The Chairman of Otukpo Local Government Area of Benue State, Hon Bako Ejeh, has narrated how suspected herdsmen killed his son, Jason Ochohepo Bako, and 45 others.
Recall that the victims were killed in a deadly attack launched on the Umogidi community of Entekpa Adoka district in Otukpo LGA last week.

Taking to his official Facebook page on Monday, April 10, 2023, the LG boss narrated how he and his late son pleaded with the military men to stay back and protect his people after the attack on Tuesday, April 4, but they allegedly left.

According to him, the attackers returned to the community the following day, Wednesday, April 5 and launched another attack during which his son was killed.

“In the wake of dawn of Tuesday, 4th April, 2023, three corpses belonging to Umogidi, my village were found and the burial set out for. After this previous day attack, I went down to Umogidi with some Military men to safeguard my people. They stayed for a while and made to leave. Despite all the pleadings by me and my people including my deceased son they left,” he narrated.

“Immediately they left, I went up of my village to visit the families of the victims of the attack of the previous day. While there, we started hearing gunshots. A lot of it. I made to go there myself because my kids were there but was held down.

The shooting continued for about thirty (30) minutes “After the whole saga, I went in search of my boys. I searched and searched until I found the lifeless body of my son on the outskirt of the village.

He ran very far from where he was before he was finally killed. With the help of other four persons I dug my son’s grave and buried him there where his body was found.

“I also dug the graves for other forty-six persons with the assistance of the four people as well. The whole village was ravaged and my people sacked from their homes.

The sight is what I don’t wish anyone. A father having to bury their own child is painful but doing it in the manner it happened is something else, however, in all these, we pray for peace and God’s protection. Only God can console all of us. May the soul of my son, my nephew, his father and that of all those lost in the attack find peace. Rt. Hon. Bako Ejeh.”

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