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Three Feared Dead As Herdsmen Invade Ondo Community

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By Temitope Adedeji, Akure

Three persons were reportedly shot dead by suspected herdsmen that invaded Molege village in Ose Council Area of Ondo State.

Several houses were reportedly razed overnight along Elerinla near Arimogija by the rampaging herders who were irked that the villagers prevented their cows from feeding on their farmlands.

They reportedly mobilised and set the villages and farms on fire.

The villagers took to their heels while their properties were destroyed by the herdsmen.

Reacting to the incident in a terse statement, the state Commander Amotekun, Chief Adeleye Adetunji said: “While on a routine patrol today at Molege in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State, our men were informed that some nearby villages in Molege have been taken over by herdsmen while they burnt down some peoples properties.

“We moved in with three patrol vehicles and took control of the situation in the villages.

“On their way back, some men suspected to be herdsmen suddenly open fire on our men in an unprovoked attack because Amotekun does not want to start shooting people.

“We are trying to find out who they are as an adequate investigation is ongoing.

“We urged the people of the community to come back to their homes as peace has returned back to the village.”

Adetunji, however, did not disclosed the casualties recorded during the forceful invasion of the villages by the bandits.

Meanwhile, fear has gripped the council area following reports that the herdsmen have perfected plans to invade and overrun other villages and camps overnight.

The state Police Commissioner, Oyeyemi Oyediran also paid a visit to the area on Friday for on the spot assessment to ascertain the level of damage caused by the suspected marauders.

The commissioner, during his visit to the scene, met with the community members, encouraged them, allayed their fears and vowed to arrest and prosecute all those involved in the evil act accordingly.

Oyeyemi immediately deployed men of the Special Squads and PMF personnel to the community to ensure the protection of lives and property in the area.

The command is also assured the people of adequate protection of their lives and property.

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