There was pandemonium in Oyo State on Saturday over the killing of no less than three Fulani individuals, together with a father and his two sons, by members of the South West safety organisation, Amotekun.
Alhaji Usman Okebi and his sons have been killed when the Amotekun operatives stormed the Fulani settlement at Okebi in Ibarapa North Native Authorities.
This incident is the newest in a sequence of infringements, rights violations and highhandedness by the newly fashioned outfit. It comes simply three weeks after the Amotekun Corps have been accused of killing two individuals within the state together with a College of Ibadan (UI) scholar.
The killing of Alhaji Usman, a distinguished herder within the state, on the day of certainly one of his sons’ wedding ceremony, has thrown the Fulani group into mourning as they known as for an intensive investigation into the incident.
Each day Belief learnt that the assault truly began in Aiyete, a Bororo settlement, about one kilometre away from Okebi, the Fulani settlement.
A resident of the village, Umaru Abdulkadir, recounted the incident for Each day Belief.￼
“Early on Saturday morning, some males of Amotekun stormed a village belonging to Bororo individuals. When the Bororo noticed that there was hazard, they began working to the Fulani settlement (Okebi), which is a few kilometre away. On getting there, the Amotekun members shot a Fulani man within the leg and his individuals tried to get him to a hospital.
“When the Amotekun noticed them going to the hospital, they attacked them on the bike and killed the person (Alhaji Usman) who was carrying the injured Bororo man on a motorbike and two of his sons. Then the Amotekun got here again and attacked the Fulani village. They’ve killed seven individuals as we converse whereas many are nonetheless lacking. That is precisely what occurred,” he mentioned.
One other supply who mentioned the incident occurred near his village in a phone chat with Each day Belief mentioned the Bororo man chased to the Fulani village was a suspected kidnapper who went to purchase meals for his males within the bush.
The supply, who’s a standard chief within the space, mentioned; “These telling you the story aren’t right here. I’m telling you the very fact about it. Authorities must take motion now. We’ve got reported this case to the federal government a number of occasions. All of the filling stations aren’t working right here once more due to the excesses of the herdsmen.
“The primary man that was chased to that village went to purchase meals in Idere. As he was about to enter the bush in Tapa, they shot him and he ran to a village. As his males noticed that Amotekun has surrounded the village, they shot at Amotekun and wounded them and the Amotekun repelled the assault. That was what led to the disaster.”
‘These killed have been kidnappers’
Nonetheless, Sarkin Fulani of Oyo, Alhaji Salihu Abdulkadir countered the declare that these killed have been kidnappers.
He mentioned the Amotekun Corps stormed the Fulani settlement the place they opened hearth on harmless herders, saying the person who was killed alongside his two sons was like his Sarki within the state.
The Fulani chief insisted that the victims have been unarmed herders who had lived in that group for greater than 45 years.
“Alhaji Usman has been residing in that Fulani settlement for the previous 45 years.
“He grew up there and I’m stunned individuals mentioned they have been kidnappers. We’ve got been studying all types of deceptive experiences in regards to the incident. That is why we would like the police to conduct an intensive investigation,” he mentioned.
Abdulkadir mentioned the deceased truly made a misery name to him early on Saturday morning to contact the police on his behalf in Ibadan, the state capital, stating that it wasn’t lengthy earlier than they received a name that he has been killed.
He famous that the assault occurred after they have been making ready for the marriage of the person’s kids, which was to happen on Saturday.
The Sarkin Fulani known as for an intensive investigation of the killing to bringing the perpetrators to guide.
By the way, the Fulani chief who can be the President of Jamu Nati Fulbe, a Fulani sociocultural group within the South-West, had on the outset of the institution of Amotekun advised certainly one of our correspondents that whereas the herders welcome the initiative, it shouldn’t be focused at them.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) within the state, CSP Olugbenga Fadeyi, confirmed the incident in a textual content message despatched to our Correspondent in Ibadan.
“When the DPO of Ayete received wind of the incident, he moved in swiftly to determine the reason for the assault.
“In his report, three individuals died and two have been injured. He has since commenced investigation and additional improvement will unfold soonest,” the police spokesman mentioned.
Makes an attempt to get the Commandant of Amotekun Corps within the state, Col. Olayinka Olayanju have been unsuccessful as his quantity was not reachable whereas a textual content message despatched to him has not been replied on the time of submitting this report.
On December 19, 2020, Amotekun operatives have been accused of killing two individuals in Isale Osi Space of the state.
Additionally on December 20, a 400-level scholar of the Federal School of Training within the state, Akolade Gbadegbo, was killed by the operatives who claimed he was suspected to be an armed robber and cultist. The Nationwide Affiliation of Nigeria College students (NANS) disagreed with the corps.
Just lately, the Osun State Commandant of the Amotekun acquired backlash when he mentioned the outfit, when launched within the state in March, won’t tolerate indecent dressing and bastardizing the Yoruba language.
One other SARS?
Coincidentally the killing of herders yesterday got here the identical day Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka warned that Amotekun should not turn into one other Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS), a just lately disbanded police unit infamous for extrajudicial killings.
He nonetheless restated that the safety outfit has come to remain, including that moral coaching have to be prioritized for the Amotekun operatives in order that they don’t turn into one other SARS.
The Nobel Laureate said this throughout an interview session on Come up Tv in Lagos.
He reiterated that coaching is vital for the operatives of Amotekun, saying, “As you might be coaching them to defend us, we’re additionally coaching their minds in order that Amotekun doesn’t turn into one other SARS, crucial. We should do every part collectively.”
He nonetheless described the arrival of Amotekun as a group policing initiative in response to the seeming breakdown of the nationwide safety structure.
He mentioned different states the place the Amotekun corps has not taken off ought to shortly put machineries in place to start the initiative.
Our correspondent experiences that Amotekun is but to start operation in Lagos and Ogun States whereas it has commenced operation in different South-West states.
“Group policing like Amotekun is a recognition of the truth that the civic a part of the whole nationwide polity has received to get up in not simply its personal defence however survival,” he mentioned.
Soyinka additionally mentioned, “There may be completely no excuse for the brutality that occurred within the wake of the noise, hearsay, actuality of individuals being shot on the Lekki tollgate.”
He expressed concern over the flip of occasions after the #EndSARS protest.
“That is what makes our personal tasks for ourselves as residents much more tough as a result of when drama like that occurs we go to the very coronary heart of our existence as human beings to see our youngsters have been swept up not for the primary time and we can not have a transparent sequence of occasions articulated by the safety companies, by the federal government in order that we will even tackle our personal towards such occasions taking place within the nation.”