Three Police Officers Wounded As Herdsmen Attack Oyo

By Damilare Adeleye

Suspected herdsmen have reportedly attacked three Police officers attached to Otu Police Division of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) in Itesiwaju Local Government area of Oyo State.

It was learnt that the policemen were brutally injured by attackers in Alaga town of the council at the weekend outside the premises of the Oke-Ogun FM station of the Oyo State Broadcasting Corporation (BCOS), Alaga on Ago-Are-Saki Road.

According to reports, the attack was sequel to the arrest of more than 10 Fulani herdsmen for allegedly being in possession of harmful objects at a nearby local market.

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

The injured officers were identified as Fashe Abdul (DCO, Otu) a superintendent of police, Inspector Orodele Segun (SO) and Corporal Akinbode Tolulope.

Sources said the police officers are currently receiving treatment at a hospital in Otu.

Three of the suspected herders were, however, apprehended through the combined efforts of the police and the state security apparatus, Amotekun when they came for reinforcement.

It was also learnt that the herders have been warned by security agents and the Seriki Fulani of the town popularly known as Warago, not to carry harmful objects while going around the communities, particularly markets as some residents and traders have been injured with dangerous weapons whenever there were disagreements.