“This cartel were piling up arms and ammunition to invade the entire State”
In a violent attack on Sanusi Village in the Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State by some suspected herdsmen, no fewer than two persons reportedly lost their lives in the mayhem.
Newsheadline247 learnt that those who lost their lives were a farmer and a member of a vigilante group in the incident which occurred on Thursday.
The operational motorcycles and vehicle of the Ondo State Security Network Agent, known as Amotekun Corps, were also reportedly set on fire by the bandits.
The attack reportedly occurred when the Amotekun men and other security agents were carrying out the order of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to flush out the herdsmen who are illegally occupying the forest reserves in the state.
The incident was confirmed in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the Amotekun Corps, Mr Adebayo Ayeni.
“Men of Ondo State Security Network Agency has again made another major breakthrough in their strive to get rid of criminal elements in Ondo State,” Ayeni said.
He also informed that herdsmen were plotting to attack their entire state following the discovery of piled-up arms and ammunitions
“This cartel were piling up arms and ammunition to invade the entire State, while masquerading as herders and using the forest as kidnappers den for negotiation and ransom, illegal mining activities and cultivation of Indian hemp.
“The security outfits in conjunction with the police, the army and other security agencies in the state, however, smoked them out of the forest, after it was discovered that the bandits had killed a farmer and a member of the vigilante group in the area.
“They also went to the village where an Amotekun vehicle was parked and set it ablaze,” Ayeni said.