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Ondo: Four Fulani herdsmen arrested with weapons in Arogbo-Ijaw community

…Community leader calls for vigilance

No fewer than four Fulani herdsmen were arrested by the vigilance group in Agadagba Obon town in Ese Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State, with dangerous weapons.

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

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

When contacted, the state police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Femi Joseph, confirmed the arrest, stating that the command had begun investigations into 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.

“However, we have begun investigation to ascertain their claims.

“There was no report that the suspects had killed anybody with the arms they had in their possession” Joseph said.

The PPRO, also disclosed that some items recovered from the suspects include guns, cutlasses, daggers and axes.

It was gathered that the development has created fear in the area, as many people, especially women, have reportedly stopped going to farm for fear of being attacked.

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

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


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