There was palpable tension in the agrarian community of Kuseru farm settlement in Odigbo local government area of Ondo State, following the invasion of some armed men suspected to be in the community on a reprisal attack.
Some two armed men had on Saturday afternoon invaded a farm in Ogbontiba via Kuseru and shot a woman, Julianah Alaba Abejoye, while working on her farm but she was rushed to the hospital for treatment.
It was gathered the two masked armed men tried to kill Abejoye but ran away to avoid being apprehended when their victim raised the alarm and was rescued by some farmers on the farm.
It was gathered that, in reprisal, a group of armed men invaded the community in the middle of the night, shooting sporadically, killing one of the councillors representing the area and a local vigilante member simply identified as Kayode.
The incident reportedly caused panic in the area, and many residents of the community fled their homes as the hoodlums left many injured, and set houses and shops on fire during the attack.
Special Adviser on Security Matters, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, who confirmed the attack said it was a reprisal attack, saying a vigilante member was killed during the attack.
Adeleye said: “We are suspecting a reprisal attack of some Ikale youths who mobilised themselves and launched an attack on the unsuspecting Osun/Oyo farmers.
“There is a Councillor representing Oyo/Osun axis that was killed in the fracas. A vigilance member and not Amotekun was killed. The corpses have been deposited at the hospital.
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“Amotekun, Police and the Army maintained vigilance overnight in the area to ensure peace returns. The attackers destroyed more of the farmlands.”
She said security operatives had been deployed to the community to restore peace and disclosed that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Oyeyemi Oyediran had visited the community and ordered the arrest of those involved in arson and killings in the community.
Odunlami explained that “on the 9th December 2022, a case of attempted murder was reported at Kajola Division, that a woman Julianah Alaba Abejoye ‘f’ was shot by two masked men on her farm at Ogbontiba via Kuseru with a locally made double-barrelled gun and escaped but the woman sustained injuries on the arm and thigh and was rushed to the hospital for treatment.
“On the 10th December 2022, at about 1000hrs, in what seemed to be a reprisal attack, Aiyetoro boys in their numbers attacked Kuseru Village, set ablaze motorcycle parks, killed livestock, destroyed motorcycles and cut down plantain trees.
“Police contingents were quickly dispatched to the scene. While on patrol of the villages, corpses of vigilantes were met at the Palace of Bale of Kuseru village who were said to have been allegedly ambushed and killed by the invaders.
“But normalcy has returned to the village as tactical teams of the command have been deployed to aid the activities of Policemen in the area.
“He further ordered that the Area Commander and DPO of the area ensure all culprits involved in the arson and murder be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.”
She said that “the CP is also using this medium to allay the fears of the residents around Kuseru, Aiyetoro and Ago Alafia and Ondo State at large that nothing untoward will happen to them as adequate security is emplaced to ensure a hitch-free celebration during this period.”