Councillor, three others feared killed in Ondo community over land matter - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Sunday, December 11, 2022

Councillor, three others feared killed in Ondo community over land matter

By Our Correspondent

The age long crisis in Kuseru, over ownership of land between the Ikale's in Okitipupa and the Oyo/Osun farmers living in Odigbo council area in Ondo state, weekend turned bloody as no fewer than four persons, were murdered.

One of the casualties include a Councillor, representing Oyo/Osun axis, whose identity could not be readily ascertained.

It was gathered that the fresh crisis erupted when a one women in Kajola was shot.

Speaking on the killings, the Special Adviser to the governor on security matters, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, confirmed only two deaths during the crisis.

 Adeleye said that "There has been an aged long crisis in Koseru between Oluku family of Ikale in Okitipupa and the Oyo/Osun farmers living in Odigbo local government. 

"The Oyo/Osun are predominantly cash crop farmers. They have been fighting over ownership of the land. 

"The fresh crisis erupted when a one women in Kajola was shot.

"We are suspecting a reprisal attack of some Ikale youths who mobilised themselves and launched attack on the unsuspecting Osun/Oyo farmers. 

"There is a Councillor representing Oyo/Osun axis that was killed in the fracas. A vigilante member and not Amotekun was killed. 

"Their corpses have been deposited at the hospital. Amotekun, Police and the Army maintain vigilance overnight to ensure peace returns. The attackers destroyed more of farmlands."

However, in a swift response to the killings, the state police commissioner , Yemi Oyediran, has ordered the arrest of the culprits involved in the killings and arsons.

A statement issued by the state command spokesperson, Omisanya Funmilayo, said that "On the 9th December, 2022, a case of attempted murder was reported at Kajola Division, that a woman Julianah Alaba Abejoye  was shot by two masked men on her farm at Ogbontiba via Kuseru with locally made double barrelled gun and escaped.

" She 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 attacks, Aiyetoro  Boys in their numbers attacked Kuseru Village, set ablaze the 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.

"The Commissioner of Police, CP Yemi Oyediran visited the scene, urged all parties involved to sheath their sword and allow police carryout a thorough investigation on what really happened.

"He further ordered that the Area commander and DPO of the area should ensure all culprits involved in the Arson and Murder be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.

"Tactical teams of the command has been deployed to aid the activities of Policemen in the area.

"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.

The statement added tgat "Normalcy has returned to Kuseru Village, a community where there was a communal clash.

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