Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have reportedly killed two members of the Ondo Statee Security Network, Amotekun in Ondo state.
The incident which occurred at Ago Sanusi, along Ute Road, Owo local government area also saw the herders set ablaze a patrol van of the corp members during the attack.
Daily Report Nigeria gathered that a farmer identified as Lanre was found dead with his right hand chopped off after being abducted by the suspected herders.
Lanre’s corpse was discovered by farmers who reported the incident to Amotekun operatives. The operatives were also attacked by the herders upon arrival at the scene of the attack.
A member of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria who joined the Amotekun in the operation was reportedly shot in the head.
The head of operations of Amotekun in Owo, identified as Oluwasesan Adebayo, was also declared missing after the attack.
Adebayo Ayeni, public relations officer of the Amotekun Corps, confirmed the incident in a statement.
He said: “Men of Ondo State Security Network Agency has 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 forest as kidnappers den for negotiation and ransom, illegal mining activities and cultivation of Indian hemp.
“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 village where an Amotekun vehicle was parked and set it ablaze.”
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