Herdsmen Banditry: Seven feared killed as Amotekun combs Oyo forests for kidnappers

Men of the Oyo State Security Network Agency popularly known as Amotekun and some Fulani have reportedly engaged in a clash at Aiyete in the Ibarapa North Local Government Area of the state.

The cause of the clash which reportedly started on Saturday morning could not be immediately ascertained but while some said the security outfit attacked Fulani settlements, others said the settlements were the hideouts of kidnappers in the area.

A man identified as Saliu, who claimed to be residents of the area, told our correspondent that seven persons were feared killed during the attack. He added that all the buildings in the two communities were torched during the clash.

Saliu said, “Alhaji Usman Okebi and his two sons were killed. We don’t know what caused the fight. Some people were shot and injured. The number of people killed has increased to seven. Those who were shot and tried to escape were later found to have died in the bush.”

Another source said the clash was between the Amotekun corps and some suspected kidnappers.

He said, “The Amotekun corps burst the kidnappers’ cells today but the kidnappers resisted them. The kidnappers are Fulani. You know that kidnapping and other criminal activities are common in that axis. I believe that they received intelligence and acted on it.

“The leader of the kidnappers called Umoru fled but his boys, armed with guns were caught. The kidnappers put up stiff resistance and some members of Amotekun were injured. Three criminals were shot dead and their guns recovered. “

The Commandant of Amotekun in Oyo State, Col. Olayinka Olayanju (retd), when contacted, said he was on his way to the place to ascertain what happened.

He said,” I heard the same thing and I am on my way there now.”

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Olugbenga Fadeyi, when contacted by our correspondent, said the DPO at Aiyete Police Division had moved to the community to assess the situation.

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