Suspected herdsmen kill four local hunters in Kwara

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By Adekunle Jimoh, Ilorin

Gunmen suspected to be herders on Tuesday laid siege on the Kwara community and allegedly killed local three hunters otherwise known as vigilance members.

The incident took place in the evening of the said day at Faje community in the Asa local government area of the state.

The fourth one hit by the attackers’ bullet was said to have died Wednesday morning.

It was gathered that five hunters were riding on two motorcycles before their alleged assailants pounced on them at about 7:00pm on a bush path few metres away to the village.

It was also gathered that the suspected herdsmen reportedly shot dead three of the hunters, while two others escaped and ran back to the village to inform members of the community of the incident.

However, the alleged attackers were said to have bolted away with the hunters’ two motorcycles, abandoning their own bike.

Two of the deceased were said to be of the same parents.

A source said that “about five victims of the attack were coming from Ilorin to Faje village on two motorcycles on Wednesday night. Before the people could get to the village, herdsmen attacked them at about 7:00pm. The names of the deceased are Muri, Laide and Segun. Two of the victims are of the same parents.

“One of the motorcycles used by the attackers was recovered by the members of the vigilance team and had been deposited at the Otte Divisional Police station.”

Another member of the community also said that the suspected herdsmen had earlier abducted one of the hunters in the community.

The source said that the abducted villager raised the alarm by using his phone to call his colleagues to relate to them what had happened, including the location of the attackers.

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“Then five of the hunters mobilized in two motorcycles to the place. But as they approached the vicinity, the herdsmen immediately opened fire on them killing three instantly on the spot who were on the first motorcycle. The deceased names are Muri, Segun and Laide. The other two on the other motorcycles sustained bullet wounds and one of them has been taken to the hospital for treatment while the other who was initially taken to a trado-medical home to remove the bullet later died this morning. The incident happened around 7pm Tuesday night and was preceded by sporadic shooting.

“Their corpse has since been retrieved from the police in Otte on Tuesday and buried according to Islamic rites today,” the source said.

When contacted, the state police command spokesperson Okasanmi Ajayi, confirmed the incident.

He added that the command had commenced investigation into the matter.

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He also said that efforts were in top gear to bring the perpetrators to book.

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