Oyo: Amotekun, Fulani herdsmen clash, Eight dead
By Sade Akinwumi
Amotekun corps in Oyo State this Saturday clashed with Fulani herdsmen leaving tens killed or wounded.
Irohinoodua correspondent in Oyo State was informed that some farmers in Oyo State had reported the invasion of their farms at Ibarapa area of Oyo State to the Amotekun, the Oyo State Security Network, (OSSN)
The source said the Amotekun corps sent five officers to the farm with the hope of arresting the herdsmen.
The source said instead the Fulani herdsmen opened fire on sighting members of the Amotekun corps.
‘There was confrontation leading to the death of at least eight people” Salisu Bobola a native of Ayete in Ibarapa North Local Government area of Oyo State where the incidence took place told Irohinoodua.
He said the herdsmen were the first to open fire on members of Amotekun with the hope of scaring them away.
“The herdsmen were armed with AK-47. They have been terrorising people in Oyo State for years before the formation of Amotekun”, he said.
An aide of the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde who does not wish to be named confirmed the report. He said one Alhaji Usman Okebi and his son were killed by the herdsmen.
The Commandant of Amotekun in Oyo State, Col. Olayinka Olayanju (retd), could not be reached as at press time.
An official of Oodua Liberation Movement, (OLM) Mr Sunday Akinnuoye told Irohinoodua that the Fulani herdsmen were the aggressors.
He said ” Oyo State is a hot spot. The Fulani herdsmen are instigating Yoruba people. They want to push Yoruba nation into a bloody conflict. We have to resist this deliberate plot” Akinnuoye said.