By Babajide Okeowo
Residents of Molege community in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State have disclosed how no fewer than 50 armed Fulani herders attacked their village killing their village head, others and razed their houses.
The victims of the last Thursday attack recounted that the herders were fully armed with AK-47 rifles and had always been threatening them before the last devastating attack where the village head and two others were killed.
The villagers disclosed that the herders carried out the attack after they were prevented from grazing their cows on farmlands in the community, the villagers maintained that the herders were always armed with AK-47 when moving 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 bring their cows to graze on people’s farms 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.