Nine persons, including a traditional ruler, were killed in attacks on Agbenema, Ajichekpa, Opada and Iyade villages, in Omala Local Government of Kogi State.
Several houses were burnt.
The Onu of Agbenema, Musa Edibo, and his wife were burnt in the palace, with the home of ex-Vice Chairman of Omala council Adofu Stephen, also torched.
Former Majority Leader of the House of Assembly Azania Mohammed, who confirmed the incident, said the indigenes were unsure whether or not to call on security operatives for help.
The attackers were said to have hidden in bushes around the villages from where they attacked their targets.
According to sources, the herdsmen’s mode of operation is to set houses ablaze and shoot fleeing inhabitants; slit their throats and cut them with machete.
The administrator of Omala, Ibrahim Aboh, escaped the onslaught.
Residents said soldiers deployed to curtail herdsmen attacks allegedly refused to assist.
One of them said: “We were surprised when we approached soldiers at the Guest House at Abejukolo for help. They refused to act professionally and instead used their vehicle to block us from moving to the troubled spot to help our people.
“It is clear that the aim of the Fulani herdsmen is to kill us and take over our ancestral homes. They have razed Ojuwo, Ajomayeigbi, Iyade, Agbenema and Opada villages, so that they could use our land for their cattle colonies.
“We want the world to come to our aid before the Fulani exterminate and inherit our land. We have lost confidence in the security agencies deployed here. We believe they have been instructed to adopt the ‘siddon look’ approach, while we are massacred.
“Right now, a coordinated war is raging simultaneously in most villages in Omala, Dekina and Bassa councils. Our people are being killed and houses burnt; our women are being raped while many children, who ran from the theatre of war, are still missing.”
Governor Yahaya Bello last Saturday visited Oganenigu where many were killed and houses burnt by suspected Fulani herdsmen.