Residents of Arimogija community in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State got a surprised attack on the community, as suspected armed herdsmen killed three on their farmland.
Before the herdsmen struck, eyewitnesses in the community said they saw helicopter dropping arms and ammunition for the herdsmen inside the forest but the police did nothing after making a formal report at the police station.
One of the residents, who simply gave his name as Adeola, said they were living in fear
According to him: ” The herdsmen have killed three people in this community, in just one week. They killed a rice farmer, Jacob Odushe and his son, Adura this week. They killed another boy, Victor Ejeh. The boy’s corpse was found in the bush after a week that he was declared missing. The cuts on his body showed that he was killed by the bandits.
” Again, a few days ago, a helicopter was sighted in our community and we later found out that the helicopter brought some arms and ammunition into the bush for the herdsmen to continue in their attack against us.
” We want to appeal to the state government to come to our aids, we need serious presence of security agencies in this community and we don’t want to be taking laws into our hands.”
Special Adviser to Governor Akeredolu on Security Matters, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, who confirmed the killings said Governor Akeredolu has sent some security agents to the area to maintain law and order.
He said: ” I have been there with some people, the people were so bittered about the man and his son that were killed. As they saw us they started protesting but I was able to calm them down.
” They were apprehensive of the fact that they said they saw a particular helicopter that came to the bush and they were suspecting that the helicopter brought some Fulani to the place to come and attack them probably at night.
” But Mr Governor has sent some solders there, as I am talking to you soldiers were patroling the community.”
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Tee-Leo Ikoro, was unable to comment on the matter as he said he was at a meeting when a call was put across to him.
He did not respond to the text message sent to him