Oyo State Security Network or Amotekun has reportedly killed seven herdsmen at Tapa within the Ibarapa Central government Area of the state.
Yoruba leaders claimed the murdered herdsmen were kidnappers while Fulani leaders claimed they were innocent herders.
A Yoruba traditional leader within the area insisted that the herdsmen were kidnappers. “Those telling you the story aren’t here. I’m telling you the facts about it. the govt must take action now. we’ve reported this case to the govt several times. All filling stations aren’t working here again due to the excesses of the herdsmen,” the normal ruler, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.
He explained the killing thus: “The first man that was chased thereto village visited to take out in Idere as he was close to entering the bush in Tapa. They shot him, and he ran to a village. As his men saw that Amotekun had surrounded the village, they shot at Amotekun and wounded them, and therefore the Amotekun repelled the attack. That was what led to the crisis.”
However, a resident of the village, Umaru Abdulkadir, countered the reason by the normal.
“Early within the Saturday morning, some men of Amotekun stormed a village belonging to Bororo people. When the Bororo sighted danger, they started running to the Fulani village, a few kilometers from that village. On getting there, the Amotekun shot a Fulani man within the leg, and his people started rushing him to hospital,” Abdulkadir told SaharaReporters.
“When the Amotekun saw them getting to the hospital, they attacked them on the bike and killed them on the bike. The Amotekun came back and attacked the Fulani village. they need to be killed seven people as we speak while many have entered villages with bullets.” he said.
Also speaking on the incident, the Sarkin Fulani of Oyo State, Alhaji Salihu Abdulkadir, condemned the herdsmen’s killing, accusing the Amotekun operatives of engaging in extrajudicial killings.
He said the Amotekun members stormed the Fulani settlement where they opened fire on innocent herders, saying the person killed alongside his two sons was Deputy Sarki within the state.
Abdulkadir dismissed reports that the murdered herders were kidnappers as claimed by Amotekun, stating that they were unharmed herders who had lived therein community for quite 45 years.
He said the deceased made a distress signal to him early within the morning to contact the police on his behalf in Oyo State, stating that it had been shortly before they got a call that he had been killed.
The Fulani leader involved a radical investigation of the killing to bring the perpetrators to justice.
The police PR officer within the state, CSP Olugbenga Fadeyi, confirmed the incident on Saturday during a text message sent to our correspondent in Ibadan but said three persons were killed others were injured.
“When the DPO of Ayete acknowledged the incident, he moved in swiftly to determine the explanation for the attack. In his report, three persons died and two injured. He has since commenced an investigation, and further development will unfold soonest,” the police spokesman said.