Schools, hospitals shut as herdsmen attack Ogun communities, kill two

Published February 12, 2021

Daud Olatunji , Abeokuta

Suspected Fulani herdsmen, on Thursday , attacked Owode -Ketu and Ijoun villages in the Yewa- North Local Government Area of Ogun State and reportedly killed two persons.
Our correspondent gathered that the victims , Isiaka Apesin and Oguntosin Adebayo, were killed on their way to their farms by the herdsmen, who laid an ambush for them .
Eyewitnesses said after killing the farmers, the herdsmen went into the two villages and started shooting indiscriminately and scaring away residents .

According to the source, the killer herdsmen ran into the bush after perpetrating the act .
It was gathered that when the day broke , there was tension in the affected villages, a development that made schools and hospitals in the villages to shut down abruptly .
It was gathered that the incident prompted the closure of schools , hospitals and other businesses as villagers scampered for safety after the killings and the indiscriminate shooting by the assailants.
The Baale of Owode – Ketu , Rev . Sanya Fabuyi , who confirmed the incident , stated that the herdsmen came with sophisticated weapons .
Fabuyi said the villagers were helpless as the herdsmen shot indiscriminately and caused panic in the area .
The youth leader of the community , Mr Sina Olaleye , said the herdsmen, who put on bulletproof vests , immediately fled into the forest after the attack .

He said , “ The herdsmen were more than 100 and some of them were putting on bulletproof vests . They are still in the forest now and the police are combing the forest .
“ All schools and businesses have been shut down and our people are indoors for fear of being attacked .”
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state , Abimbola Oyeyemi , confirmed the incident .
Meanwhile, Governor Dapo Abiodun , on Thursday , warned to perpetrators of violence in Owode -Ketu , Eggua , Igan -Alade and Igbogila areas of the state .
The governor said his administration would leave no stone unturned in curtailing the activities of brigands in the state .

The governor said this in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin .
“ Ogun cannot be defined by crimes and criminalities . Ogun does not have any haven – safe or unsafe – for killers , bandits , insurgents or cultists . We shall spare no action , including ruthless ones , to bring peace , public order into every hamlet , town and city in the Gateway State ,” he stated .

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