Charles Nwoke, Ibadan, Nigeria
January 9, 2021
No fewer than seven persons have been reportedly murdered at Ayete in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State when Amotekun men and Fulani militia clashed in a fresh controversy that ensued in the state.
This emanated just three days after the same crisis occurred at Tapa.
Despite that a source in the area claimed seven people have been killed while some houses were razed at Okebi Village, the leadership of Fulani herders in the state confirmed that three of its men were killed.
“One man and his two sons were killed. We don’t know what caused the fight. Some persons were shot and injured,” said the source.
“The number of people killed has increased to seven. Those who were shot and ran away later died in the bush.”
Sunday Vanguard was also informed that the clash was between the Bororo people and the Amotekun corps.
Alhaji Yakubu Bello, former State Chairman of Myetti Allah confirmed that three of his men had been killed.
“Three of our men were killed. I don’t know what caused the crisis. But, I was told that Amotekun people went into the houses of the Fulani herders and killed them there,” he said.
When asked if he could identify those alleged to have been killed, he said he didn’t know their names.
Also lending credence to the claims of the former State Chairman, the incumbent State Chairman of Myetti Allah, Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar, said three people were killed and their bodies have been taken away.
“Three people have been killed but I don’t know them. I was also told that their bodies have been taken away”.
While speaking on behalf of Amotekun Corps, Mr. Togun said it was the Commissioner of Police in the state that called him that there was a problem at Ayete.
“The CP called me that there was a problem in the Ayete area. I don’t have much information about it. It was that of Igangan that I heard and we have been there to quell it”, he said.
SP Gbenga Fadeyi, the Police Public Relations Officer Oyo State Command, said the DPO at Aiyete Police Division had moved to the community to assess the situation on the ground.