A tragedy has been reported to have occurred in Osun State following the murder of six herdsmen, members of same family, by gunmen along Ife/Ibadan expressway.
The six deceased herdsmen were said to have been killed by gunmen that attacked a village near Wasinmi, a community along Ife/Ibadan expressway on Sunday.
Confirming the tragedy, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the state command, Yemisi Opalola, told newsmen that the Commissioner of Police, Wale Olokode, has visited the scene of the incident.
Opalola, who described the incident as unfortunate, added that the command has commenced a manhunt for the perpetrators, saying, Olokode has moved to the village to further ensure a quick arrest of the gunmen.
The spokesman, in a statement released after a visit to the scene, disclosed that one person was currently hospitalised after sustaining bullet wounds during the attack.
“Preliminary investigations revealed that some unidentified gunmen stormed the community, attacked and shot sporadically at a family of six at a settlement in the outskirts of Wasinmi Village, Ikire, Osun State, leaving one person injured. Police Operatives from Ikire Division and other law enforcement agencies were promptly drafted to the scene to prevent further attacks on residents in the area and arrest the perpetrators but the attackers escaped on sighting the security team”.
She, meanwhile, appealed to residents not to panic and debunked rumours making the rounds that the attack due to farmers and herdsmen clashes.
“During the visit, the commissioner appealed to the people of the State, particularly residents of Ikire and its environs not to panic but collaborate with the Police by giving timely information that will assist in arresting the culprits. He reassures them of the commitment of the Police to their safety, as adequate security measures have been emplaced to forestall future occurrences of such incidents”.