In Oyo, OPC Kills Community Leader, 3 Herders

Four Fulani herders among them a community leader have been killed by suspected members of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) in Oyo State on Monday.

Some sources said the assailants, wearing T-shirts with OPC inscription and carrying weapons, stormed Elekokan in Igangan in Ibarapa North Local Government Area where they shot the victims to death.

The attack was launched less than 24 hours after the Yoruba leaders in the community accused some Fulani herders of killing some people and burning their houses in Igangan.

Daily Trust correspondent gathered that during Monday’s reprisal, four Fulani herders were killed at Elekokan village.

The victims included; Alhaji Dako Usman (60), Bello Sulaiman (36), Alhaji Adamu (45) and the 75-year-old community leader known as Seriki.

Sources said about 30 members of OPC invaded the village on motorbikes and attacked the herders.

One of our sources said the OPC members stormed the village with different firearms and other weapons, killed the four people and injured many others in what appeared as a deliberate move to sack the herders from their dwellings.

Our source said the case was reported to the police while the corpses of the victims have been deposited at Fadoks, a private morgue in Iseyin.

When contacted, the Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer, Adewale Osifeso, denied the incident but said police officers had been deployed to the axis.

“I am not aware of this information. Police and other security agencies are already on the ground in the communities,” he said.

However, another credible security source confirmed the incident saying the Ayete Police Division in Ibarafa North had received information from Elekokan Police Station that about 30 assailants wearing clothes with OPC inscription attacked Fulani communities and killed four people.

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