Herdsmen attack policemen in Oyo

Three police officers assigned to the Nigeria Police Force (NPF)’s Otu Police Division In the Oyo State local government area of Itesiwaju were attacked by suspected herders.

The police officers were injured at the weekend, near the Oke-Ogun FM station of the Oyo State Broadcasting Corporation (BCOS), Alaga on Ago-Are-Saki Road.

According to information obtained, the violence followed the arrest of over ten Fulani herders who were attempting to flee from police arrest in Otu.

It was discovered that the police officers who were fewer in number were chased away by the suspected herders with machetes and attacked with clubs.

However, with reinforcement from the police and the state security agency, Amotekun, three of the suspected herders were arrested.

The herders had reportedly been warned by security personnel and the Seriki Fulani of the town known as Warago not to carry dangerous items when navigating the communities, especially the markets, as such weapons had hurt some locals and traders during a conflict.

The injured officers are Fashe Abdul (DCO, Otu), a superintendent of police, Inspector Orodele Segun (SO) and Corporal Akinbode Tolulope. According to sources, the police officers are being treated at an Otu hospital.

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