By Muftau Ogunyemi, Akure.
The Commissioner of Police in Ondo State, Oyediran Oyeyemi, has ordered the arrest of persons allegedly involved in arson and murder in Kuseru village, Odigbo Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
It was learnt that many people lost their lives in a crisis rocking Kajola/Kuseru villages in Odigbo LGA and the Ilaje people over claims on land ownership.
It was also gathered that many people, including police officers and Amotekun Corps members, lost their lives in the crisis.
In a statement by the police spokesperson, SP Funmilayo Omisanya, on Sunday in Akure, the police commissioner said that normalcy had returned to Kuseru village, while only two corpses were found and no police personnel affected.
Oyeyemi said that a case of attempted murder was reported at Kajola Police Division on Dec. 9 that a woman, Julianah Alaba Abejoye, was shot by two masked men on her farm at Ogbontiba near Kuseru.
The commissioner said that the victim (Abejoye), who was shot with locally made double-barrelled gun, sustained injuries on the arm and thigh and was rushed to the hospital for treatment.
“On the Dec. 10, at about 10:00hrs, in what seemed to be a reprisal attack, Aiyetoro boys, in their numbers, allegedly attacked Kuseru village.
“They set ablaze the motorcycle parks, killed livestock, destroyed motorcycles and cut down plantain trees.
“Police contingents were quickly dispatched to the scene. While on patrol of the villages, corpses of vigilantes were seen at the palace of Baale of Kuseru village, who were said to have been allegedly ambushed and killed,” he said.
The commissioner, while visiting the scene, urged all parties involved in the crisis to sheath their swords and allow the police to carry out thorough investigations into what really happened.
He ordered the Area commander and DPO of the area to ensure that all culprits involved in the arson and murder were arrested and prosecuted accordingly.
“Tactical teams of the command have been deployed to aid the activities of policemen in the area.
“We also want to allay the fears of residents around Kuseru, Aiyetoro and Ago Alafia and Ondo State at large that nothing untoward will happen to them, as adequate security is emplaced to ensure a hitch-free celebration during this period,” he said.