‘Fulani herdsmen’ arrested with dangerous weapons in Ondo

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The vigilante group in Agadagba Obon town in Ese Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State have arrested no fewer than four Fulani herdsmen for carrying dangerous weapons.

The four herdsmen whose identity were unknown at the time of this report were allegedly carrying guns about the town before they were arrested.

The suspects were said to have been handed over to the state police command for interrogation.

In a chat with newsmen, Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Femi Joseph confirmed the arrest and added that the command has begun investigation on the matter.

“They have been handed over to us and when we interrogated them, they told us that they were farmers and that they wanted to board a boat to Edo State but we have begun investigation to ascertain their claim.

“However there was no report the suspects had killed anybody with the arms they were carrying about, ” Joseph explained.

According to the PPRO,  some items recovered from the suspects included guns, cutlasses, daggers, and axes.

Eyewitness reports revealed that the development had created fear in the area as many people, especially women have reportedly stopped going to farm for fear of being attacked by the herdsmen.

To this end, a group under the auspices of Arogbo Ijaw Community Organisation in a statement issued on Thursday by the chairman of the association, Deacon James Ashidi, has appealed to the security agents not to allow the herdsmen enter their community.

He also urged people of the community to be vigilant and report any suspicious movement of anybody to the security agents.

The statement read in part, “We must tell the whole world that following the development ( arrest of the herdsmen), there is a growing apprehension in Arogbo Ijaw land, particularly among the womenfolk who are scared of going into the forest for their daily business for fear of being attacked by the herdsmen who are suspected to be spies in the community.

“We have already set machinery in motion to train our vigilante to work in collaboration with the police to comb every nook and cranny of our forest to fish out these herdsmen to ensure peace and tranquility.”

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