Unknown gunmen early hours on Sunday invaded a fulani settlement at Wasinmi area of Osun State in what seems like a reprisal attack killinorg a family of six.
This is because the state Commissioner of Police, Olawale Olokode said preliminary investigation ruled out a possible farmers/herders clash. it might be recalled that some gunment had on Sunday March 7 abducted some travelers within the area before they were rescued and 4 of the suspects were arrested
A source confided in Vanguard that the escaped suspects had during the operation threatened to return and affect the settlers for giving them up. consistent with the source, one among th youngman who survived the onslaught had received an anonymous tip-off that he would be killed if he sleep at the village.
Meanwhile, the CP who was on-the-spot assessment said the Killings wasn’t in any way connected to farmers/herders clash as reported in some section of the media.
A statement issued by the Command’s spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola disclosed that aside from launching manhunt for the suspect, police has began discreet investigation into the circumstances behind the killings.
It reads partially, “The Osun State Police Command wishes to state categorically that the unfortunate attack on a family at a settlement within the outskirts of Wasinmi Village, Ikire, Osun State, today 14th March, 2021, isn’t connected with any clash between farmers and herders as speculated in some sections of the media.
“Preliminary investigations by the Police reveal that some yet to be identified gunmen, stormed, attacked and shot sporadically at a family of six (6) at a settlement within the outskirts of Wasinmi Village, Ikire, Osun State, leaving one (1) person injured. Police Operatives from Ikire Division and other enforcement agencies were promptly drafted to the scene to stop further attacks on residents within the area and arrest the perpetrators but the attackers escaped on sighting the safety team.
“The CP appeals to the people of the State, particularly residents of Ikire and its environs to not panic but collaborate with the Police by giving timely information which will assist in arresting the culprits. He reassures them of the commitment of the Police to their safety, as adequate security measures are emplaced to forestall future occurrences of such incident”.
Osun government during a visit to commiserate with the family led by Deputy Governor, Benedict Alabi described the killings as disheartening and unfortunate.
Alabi, who was accompanied by the Special Adviser to the state Governor on Security, Abiodun Ige, and other officialdom Said the incident may be a case of brutal assassination, adding that the perpetrators would be delivered to book in no distant time.
In his words, ” this is often a really unfortunate incident, and that we are so sad about it as a government. it’s shocking and strange to our communities.
“We are here on behalf of the government to feel for you and that we are assuring you that those criminal elements that perpetrated this evil act wouldn’t go scot-free, we’ve ordered security agencies to swing into action and fish them bent face the wrath of law”.