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Ondo Community Residents on the Run in Fear of Fulani Herdsmen

Some residents of the Ondo State community of Arimogija, have fled their homes in fear of attacks by Fulani herdsmen terrorists.

The fear came after some three persons were killed on their farms by men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen terrorists during the week.

According to the villagers, nothing was done by security personnels to apprehend the terrorists after the situation was reported to the police. They also added that they had seen a helicopter come to the forest to deliver weapons to the herdsmen.

A resident who spoke to newsmen anonymously, said, “The Fulani herdsmen have killed three people in the community in 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 after he was declared missing. The cuts on his body showed that he was killed by the bandits. We appeal to the state government to come to our aid. We need serious presence of security agencies in our community. We don’t want to take the law into our hands.”

Special Adviser to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Security Matters, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, confirmed the killings in the community to City Round, adding that the governor had sent some security agents to maintain law and order.

He said, “I have been there. The people were so bitter about the man and his son that were killed. As they saw us, they started protesting but I was able to calm them.

“They said they were apprehensive of a particular helicopter that allegedly came to the bush. They were suspecting that the helicopter brought some Fulani to the place to attack them. But Mr Governor has sent some soldiers to patrol the community.”

When the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Tee-Leo Ikoro was contacted, he said the police had not yet responded to the report as he was busy as at the time he got the news.

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