Victims of last Thursday’s attack in Molege, Ose Local Government Area, Ondo State, have revealed that 50 armed Fulani herdsmen invaded their hamlet.
According to the victims, herdsmen armed with AK-47 rifles had been threatening them for years before the most recent terrible attack, in which the village leader and two others were slain.
On Thursday night, the herdsmen attacked the settlement and set fire to residences in the village.
The herders carried out the attack after being prohibited from grazing their cows on farmlands in the community, according to the residents, who also said that the herders were always armed with AK-47s when travelling with their cows.
Narrating how the incident happened, the Akarigbo of Ute Land, Chief Felix Olabode said, “They always use guns to scare people away here and then brought their cows to graze on people’s farm and drink water.
When they are leaving too, they also use guns to scare people away and leave. We have seen the level of damage here. People have left here. We are begging the government to come to our rescue.”
Disclosing that following the attack, the police were alerted after which the DPO lead his men to evacuate the dead bodies, the traditional ruler added that the gunmen came back 30 minutes later and razed the buildings down after police left the community.
Also, the Coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress, OPC in the area, Folorunso Olofe disclosed that “This has been happening for long. They are always coming with AK 47, they were more than 50.
Olofe, who added that one Amotekun officer was hit with a bullet during the attack, stated that the Baale was also killed.
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