Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State said that he has directed the state’s Ministry of Health to take over the medical bills of some persons who sustained injuries during a shooting incident at Alafara community in Ologuneru/Apata axis of Ibadan on Saturday.
Sources told PlatinumPost that some suspected gunmen in the early hours of Saturday invaded the area and killed a number of cows.
Some people and cows were also injured during the attack.
It was gathered that the state Police Command, through the Eleyele Divisional Police Officer, immediately mobilised to the scene.
The police announced that its operatives were on the trail of the perpetrators, as investigations continued.
“The Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, Ngozi Onadeko, fdc wishes to state that upon information received from a good spirited member of the public that some suspected person(s) today 20/02/2021 at about 0720 hrs, invaded a cow settlement at Alafara community Ologuneru area of Ibadan and fired some cows.
“The CP wishes to further state that immediately the incident happened, Police teams were drafted to the area to ascertain the immediate and the remote cause of the incident, and investigation had been ordered immediately into the incident, while the Police are on the trail of the perpetrators(s) of the dastardly act.
“Consequent upon this, the CP says it is wordy of note that the incident has nothing to do with Fulani/Yoruba clash and implored the people of Oyo State and the general public to disregard any insinuations from any quarters, while the relative peace being enjoyed by the good citizens of the State should not be allowed to be tampered with in any way by disgruntled elements.
“The CP reiterated the commitment of the Officers and men of the Command to continue to protect lives and property of the peace loving people of the State. She further solicits constant and reliable credible information from the members of the public to enable the Police serve them better.
Chief Press Secretary to Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa in a statement made available to journalists on Sunday said that a delegation led by the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Security, CP Sunday Odukoya (rtd), visited the area, where it discovered that the suspected gunmen invaded the area in the early hours of Saturday and fired shots at the animals.
“We have since briefed His Excellency and he has also directed that the medical bills of the injured persons be fully picked by the government.”
Adisa indicated that the state government has offered to compensate the owners of the cattle, while the traditional ruler and chiefs in the area are collaborating with security agencies to get to the bottom of the situation.