No less than three people were reportedly killed when gunmen suspected of being Fulani herders on Thursday invaded the community of Molege in the local government area of Ose in Ondo state.
The armed men allegedly attacked the community following the residents’ refusal to let the shepherds graze on their farms.
After the attack, a source said shepherds razed community buildings overnight as villagers fled.
The source said: “The shepherds in large numbers attacked the community in the evening and killed three people. A few hours later that night, they set fire to the houses in the community.
Another source said the bandits also attacked and injured men from the Ondo State Security Network Agency, also known as the Amotekun Corps, who had settled in the community to calm the crisis.
Ondo State’s Amotekun Corps commander Akogun Adetunji Adeleye said the herdsmen attacked his men as they patrolled the community.
Adeleye said: “During a routine patrol in Molege, our men were informed that some neighboring villages of Molege have been taken over by shepherds as they burn down some people’s properties.
“We moved in with three patrol vehicles and took control of the situation in the village. On the way home, men believed to be shepherds suddenly opened fire on our men in an unprovoked attack because Amotekun did not want to start shooting people.
“We are trying to find out who they are while the investigation is underway. We urged the residents of the community to return home as peace returned to the village. ”
Likewise, Ondo State Police Commissioner Mr. Oyeyemi Oyediran, in a statement by public relations officer Ms. Funmilayo Odunlami, said he visited the community on Friday for an assessment. on site to determine the level of damage.
The statement, which also confirmed the attack, said the bandits set fire to many houses.
The statement read: “The PC during its visit to the scene met with members of the community, encouraged them, allayed their fears and vowed to arrest and prosecute all those involved in the act accordingly. perverse.
Oyeyemi immediately deployed men from special squads and PMF personnel to the community to ensure the protection of lives and property in the area.
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