The Kogi State command of the Nigeria Police on Tuesday said only three people were killed during the attack on some villages in Omala local government area of the state by Fulani herdsmen.
Besides, the police also said the people that were killed did not include any traditional ruler as was widely reported.
Although the command in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), William Aya, could not identify the victims of the attack that occurred in Agbenema and others villages, it said the report that a traditional ruler was involved was not correct.
The statement read, “Contrary to the reports, the Command received the news of attack yesterday 19th March 2018 in Agbenema Village, Omala Local Government Area where three persons lost their lives, but the traditional ruler was not among the victims. This is in addition to the last attack which claimed twelve lives.
“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police urges all peace-loving citizens of Kogi State to discountenance such false information but gravitate towards issues that unite them.
“The Command has deployed a Unit of Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit, Special Anti-Robbery Squad as well as the conventional personnel to the trouble area to restore normalcy and ensure there is no breakdown of law and order and for every individual to go about their lawful business.
The Commissioner equally urges members of the Press, as well as social media handlers to always find out the true state of incidents and get confirmation from the Police before publishing the story so as not to misinformed the general public and create mistrust among the good people of the State.”