Bandits suspected to be Fulani Herdsmen have left their terrorising imprints on a village in Saki, Oyo State where they hacked a young man to death.
The slain farmer who was simply identified as Kola was tied to a tree at a village called Oke Orogun after which he was butchered and slaughtered.
The incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday. However we have two accounts of the outcomes of the attack; some residents claimed the farmer had died, another said that Kola was rescued alive and was still alive as of Monday, but his life hangs by a thread.
The attack has infuriated youths in Saki, who responded by invading a Fulani settlement and razing some of their huts.
Residents of the Gaa fled on seeing the irate youths marching towards their huts.
A source who spoke in Ibadan on Monday reported that the killing of the Yoruba man and the attack on the Gaa had sent a panic wave to the people of the town.
The source said, “I don’t know the real cause of the problem and who was behind the attack. There have been conflicting reports from people who claimed to have gone there. But it is true that some persons suspected to be Bororo herdsmen tied one man, Kola, to a tree in the village and attacked him with a cutlass.
“Although the man did not die there as at the time he was rescued, his condition is very critical. He was taken to hospital where he was being tested but I have not heard any latest development from him today.”
The Coordinator of the Odua People’s Congress in Oyo State, Mr Rotimi Olumo, spoke and confirmed the incident.
He said, “One person was said to have been killed on Sunday by herdsmen and somebody was killed before that time.”
Mr Akeem Olabisi, Director of Media of the Okere Palace, said the Okere of Sakiland, Oba Khalid Olabisi, has been making efforts to soothe town residents so that the incident would not escalate into a serious crisis.
Meanwhile, Mr Olugenga Fadeyi, Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo State, has not picked calls placed across to his telephone.
Neither has he reply to the message sent to him on the same matter as when this report, was filed.