Suspected herdsmen kill pregnant woman, husband, son in Osun

From John Dike, Osogbo

In what appeared to be a reprisal attack, some suspected Fulani herdsmen have reportedly invaded Idi-Ogogo, a village in Iragbiji, Boripe local government area of Osun state, killing a pregnant woman, her husband, and their son.

The gruesome murder of the whole family threw the community and residents of the area into mourning during the week as news filtered about the unfortunate incident.

The tragic incident according to some residents, happened at Idi-ogogo, a village in Iragbiji, the hometown of the former governor of the state, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola.

Speaking on the incident, a relative of the deceased man who identified herself as Saida, accused Fulani herdsmen of carrying out what she described as a reprisal attack.

She pointed out that the Fulani marauders came at night to carry out the dastardly act, based on the alleged killing of their cow by some unknown persons.

She noted that: “The deceased was attacked by Fulani herdsmen. What we heard was that the herdsmen were angry over the killing of their cow by unknown persons.”

Saida explained that the pregnant woman, Kafayat, was operated after her death as tradition demands, and the four victims were buried at a Muslim burial ground along Iragbiji road onThursday.

A resident of the village who pleaded anonymity alleged that some powerful men are behind the attempt to cover up the story.

He stated that there were gunshots that caused panic in the community when the incident happened, saying “when we got to the landlords’ meeting and they said a Fulani child was affected, I asked them to show where the child is, but nobody could provide answer till now. I asked them why there were gunshots and no response was provided till date.”

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state command, Yemisi Opalola, confirmed the incident.

She said information at the disposal of the police revealed that the deceased who was on a motorcycle ran into the cattle and died in the process.

Opalola said the command has commenced investigation to unravel the circumstances that led to the death of the family.

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