In Sobe community, Owan West Local Government Area of Edo State, suspected herdsmen have reportedly killed a driver, identified as Ome Osesa, and injured others in yet another attack. This recent attack marks the seventh time that the community has been targeted, resulting in the loss of five lives, including a pastor and his two workers.
According to Punch, the attackers invaded Osesa’s house on Monday evening, March 27, and opened fire on him and other individuals present. The herdsmen also proceeded to kidnap several individuals near St. Thomas Moore Primary School. Sadly, the community has become all too familiar with these attacks, which seem to be on the rise.
The community source who confirmed the incident to Punch stated that, “the rate of killing by herdsmen in Sobe community in Owan West Local Government has become too many.” The source added that the people did not receive timely help during or after the attacks.
Residents have called on the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, to liaise with the Federal Government to establish a mini barracks in the community before it becomes a “graveyard.” It seems that the new police divisional headquarters created in the community has not been sufficient in preventing the attacks on the community.
Angry youths in the community have taken to protesting over the incessant attacks and killings. On Tuesday morning, March 28, they blocked the Benin-Akure expressway to express their frustration and call for action.
In conclusion, the persistent attacks by herdsmen in Sobe community and other parts of Edo State continue to pose a significant threat to the safety and well-being of the residents. The government must take urgent measures to ensure that the community and its inhabitants are safe from these attacks. It is time for the government to address this issue with the seriousness and urgency it deserves.