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Nine arrested in Kwara for alleged arson of herdsmen camp

- Tunde OYEKOLA

OPERATIVES from the Inspector-general of Police Special response Team, on Saturday, arrested nine suspects, including a traditiona­l chief in Kajola, Odo-owa and Omu-aran in Oke-ero and Irepodun local government areas of Kwara State, over alleged burning of Gaa Fulani (Fulani camps) in the communitie­s.

The police team, according to multiple sources, stormed the two communitie­s in the small hours of Saturday to pick up the suspects, who allegedly participat­ed in the arson attack in Kajola, Odo-owa and a hotel in Omu-aran in April.

As a result of the arrest, the traditiona­l markets in Iloffa, headquarte­rs of Oke-ero local government council, and Odo-owa could not open on Saturday.

Two of the suspects, including a chief, were picked up while sleeping in their homes in Odo-owa, while the other seven were arrested in Omu-aran, a source told our correspond­ent.

It was gathered that the operatives first went to the house of a TIC member of Oke-ero local government who was not at home before they proceeded to arrest the chief and another youth in the town.

It was further gathered that some youths in Odo-owa gathered to prevent the arrest as informatio­n circulated in the town

It was gathered that there was an exchange of fire between the IGP team and the youths, during which a few of them sustained gunshot wounds.

During the encounter, six of the youths were arrested, while three pistols, six cutlasses, two axes and two motorcycle­s were recovered from them.

The suspects were said to have been taken to the police headquarte­rs in Abuja.

The Police Public relations Officer in Kwara State, SP Ajayi Okasanmi, said he was not aware of the arrest of the suspects.

he said, “I have yet to be briefed. I will enquire and get back to you, please.” ,,

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