Again, killer-herdsmen attack Ogun villagers, kill two  *as Gov. Abiodun condemns attack, orders deployment of security agents

Olufemi Adediran
Abeokuta
Suspected Fulani herdsmen in the early hours of yesterday allegedly killed two villagers in Yewa North Local government area of Ogun state.
The victims: Isiaka Apesin and Oguntosin Adebayo were allegedly killed in a ambush by the killer-herdsmen who attacked the villagers around 5am.
The suspected herdsmen reportedly laid an ambush for the villagers on the Owode Ketu – Ijoun – Tata road and killed them.
Yewa in Ogun West Senatorial District of Ogun state has been under attacks by killer-herdsmen who have been laying siege on communities in the District.
A farmer, identified as Dele Olowoniyi was four days ago butchered to death by suspected Fulani herdsmen while asleep in his farm settlement at Oha village, imeko, in Imeko-Afon Local Government Area of Ogun state.
Confirming the incident, a resident of the village, who simply identified himself as Gbenga told journalists that two villagers were killed in the ambush by the herdsmen.
He said “herders went to lay an ambush for people in my village, Owode-Ketu around 5am this morning.
“Two corpses of locals have been found. Herders laid an ambush for locals on Owode Ketu – Ijoun – Tata Road around 5am today and killed two.
“Police from Eggua have evacuated the corpses.”
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi  could not be reached for reaction as of the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, Governor, Dapo Abiodun has condemned the attack on villagers in Yewa North Local government area of the State by suspected killer-herdsmen.
The Governor warned perpetrators of violence in Owode-ketu, Eegua, Igan-Alade and Igbogila areas of the state, saying that his administration would leave no stone unturned in curtailing the activities of brigands in the state.
Abiodun in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Kunle Somorin in Abeokuta, ordered the deployment of a special task force comprising the Nigeria Police, personnel of the State Security Service and local vigilante groups to ensure safety of lives and property.
Abiodun directed that investigations be sped up and concluded so that indicted persons could be charged to court and prosecuted in the interest of justice.
He said: “The government will leave no stone unturned in checking the activities of brigands and criminals in this state. Ogun cannot be defined by crimes and criminalities. Ogun does not have any haven – safe or unsafe – for killers, bandits, insurgents or cultists.
“We shall spare no action, including ruthless ones, to bring peace, public order into every hamlet, town and city in the Gateway State.
“The provisions of the Constitution and the moral authority confer on the government the right to protect the lives and properties of the people. This  is sacrosanct and shall not be compromised under Governor Dapo Abiodun’s watch.”
Last weekend, Governor Abiodun set up an investigation team to investigate and bring to book, all the persons involved in the herders/farmers conflicts in the state.
“Our first priority in Ogun is the safety of lives and property of everyone and we will not compromise on that.
“We will not condone any act of criminality in the state, no matter who is involved.
“The police and other security agencies have been directed to go after the perpetrators of these acts and bring them to book.
“We will not allow anybody to disrupt the peace in Ogun and anyone who tries to test our resolve to maintain peace in our state will have himself or herself to blame,’’ the governor was quoted as saying.
Abiodun commiserated with the families of the deceased and also expressed sympathy to those who lost their farmlands as well as cows during the unfortunate crisis.

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