By: Oluwatosin Adesola
Arimogija community in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State is now underseige of suspected Fulani herdsmen who have allegedly shot dead three members of a family and imported dangerous weapons to further unleash terror on the area.
SUNSHINETRUTH learnt that residents of the community who are predominantly farmers have therefore be fleeing the area for the fear of attacks of the herders who allegedly used helicopter to bring ammunition to a forest in the town.
Some of the residents who spoke with newsmen on the condition of anonymity, lamented that some Fulani herdsmen had been attacking them, killing three persons on their farms during the week and nothing had been done to checkmate the criminal activities of the bandits .
The people also alleged that a helicopter came into the forest of the community and dropped some ammunition for the herdsmen.
The residents said the matter was reported at the police station but no action was taken by the security agencies on the matter.
One of the. said, “the Fulani herdsmen has 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, 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.”
However, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security Matters Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, confirmed the killings in the community but said the governor had sent some security agents there 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 patrolling the community.”
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Tee-Leo Ikoro is yet to react to the incident.