No fewer than four local hunters were allegedly killed when they were ambushed by armed men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen in Asa Local Government Area of Kwara State on Tuesday evening.
According to sources, source gathered that 5 men, who are members of the community vigilante had gone out on a patrol mission, but while they were few metres away from their village, some herdsmen attacked them and opened fire on the group, killing 3 of the men, while two fled the scene in an attempt to tell the villagers of the attack.
The incident was said to have occured at about 7pm, Tuesday at a bushy path. It was learnt that one of the 2 survivors of the local hunters died in the Hospital the following day as a result of the gun wounds he sustained.
A resident of the village who spoke with newsmen narrated what happened. He said, “About five victims of the attack were coming from Ilorin to Faje village on two motorcycles on Wednesday night. Before the people could get to the village, herdsmen attacked them at about 7:00 pm. The names of the deceased are Muri, Laide and Segun. Two of the victims are of the same parents.”
“One of the motorcycles used by the attackers was recovered by the members of the vigilance team and had been deposited at the Otte Divisional Police station.”
In another similar incident, herdsmen invaded a farm in Ballah community in the same Asa Local Government Area, and killed a farmer identified as Akeem Adeboyinbo. The incident was said to have happened on Tuesday morning
The corpses of the 5 men have been reportedly buried according to Muslim rites.
Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer of Kwara State Police Command, Okasanmi Ajayi, confirmed the incident. He said that the Police has launched an investigation into the matter.
He assured members of the community that the perpetrators of the dastardly act would be brought to justice