A 30-year-old herdsman, Muhammed Jibril, has been kidnapped by gunmen who invaded a Fulani settlement in Osun State.
According to Vanguard, the incident happened around 12 am on Wednesday when the Fulani Bororo gunmen numbering about eight attacked the Ago Igbira settlement in Ila-Orangun.
The gunmen shot sporadically into the air to scare the settlers who were predominantly Fulani herdsmen.
The Serikin Fulani of the settlement, Muhammed Kajibo, disclosed that the sound of the gun alerted close-by settlement and quickly called security operatives
Kajibo said the prompt arrival of vigilante guard, local hunters and the Oodua People’s Congress security squad unsettled the kidnappers and forcefully took away the victim.
The State police spokesperson, SP Yemisi Opalola, who confirmed the incident said a joint team of police and local security operatives combed the nearby bush and recovered three expended shells of AK 47 rifle and cartridges.
Opalola said, “During a shootout with police, one Hassan Jubril was injured and was taken to hospital for treatment. Presently, the combined team is on a search and rescue mission in the area and trying to arrest the perpetrators.”