Tension in Koka village in Obokun Local Government Area of Osun State as gunmen suspected to be herdsmen stormed the community and villagers were kidnapped.
WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the village was stormed by armed herdsmen around 11:50 pm on Sunday.
A source told newsmen that the herdsmen stormed the village and started to forcefully pick villagers from homes randomly.
“Those that attacked us were herdsmen, they were armed and threatening to kill anybody that dares them, the source added.
“One of the villagers informed The Hunters Group of Nigeria on phone about the attack and they moved to our village”.
“When they arrived the village, those herdsmen started shooting at them. We were scared because of the open fire on the hunters.
“When the herdsmen faced the hunters in a gun battle, the victims they abducted escaped the scene. The gun battles go on for minutes before the herdsmen ran away because some of the villagers also joined forces with hunters.
“The operation was not successful because some of the herdsmen sustained injury and hunters also sustained injuries,” he said.
Confirming the incident, the police public relations officer in the state, Yemisi Opalola said “Some hoodlums suspected to be herdsmen attacked Koka village and villagers and hunters moved against them. They engaged the hoodlums in a gun battle to liberate themselves.
“Three hunters and hunters sustained bullet wounds. They have been taken to State Hospital, Asubiaro for treatment.
“We have drafted our men to the area. The locals also joined the policemen to cordon off and search the area to arrest the fleeing culprits”.