Two persons have reportedly been killed while an operational vehicle and motorcycles belonging to the Ondo State Security Network Agency known as the Amotekun Corps, were set ablaze by suspected herdsmen.
The unknown persons allegedly attacked the Sanusi Village in Owo local government area of Ondo State on Thursday.
According to the state Public Relations Officer of the Corps, Adebayo Ayeni, who confirmed the incident in a statement, the herdsmen attacked the village in their numbers, leading to the death of a farmer and a member of a local vigilante group.
The attack, according to Ayeni, occurred when the Amotekun operatives and other security agents were carrying out the order of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to flush out herdsmen illegally occupying the forest reserves in the state.
“Men of the Ondo State Security Network Agency, Amotekun Corps, have again made another major breakthrough in their strive to get rid of criminal elements in Ondo State.
“This cartel were piling up arms and ammunition to invade the entire state, while masquerading as herders and using the forests as kidnappers’ den for negotiation and ransom, illegal mining activities and cultivation of Indian hemps.
“The security outfits, in conjunction with the police, the army and other security agencies in the state, however, smoked them out of the forest, after it was discovered that the bandits had killed a farmer and a member of the vigilante group in the area.
“They also went to the Sanusi village where an Amotekun vehicle and motorcycles were parked and set it ablaze,” Ayeni said in the statement.