Herdsmen Kill 1, Abduct Many In South-West As Northern Traders Insist On Food Blockade

One Killed, Passengers Abducted By Herdsmen In South-West

At least one person has been reportedly killed while several others abducted by suspected Fulani herdsmen along Osogbo- Ibokun road of Obokun Local Government Area of Osun State.

The incident occurred around 7.30 P.M on Tuesday evening at Aje Bamidele area of the local government.

Investigations revealed that the Fulani herdsmen waylaid travellers on this route on this ill- fated day where they went berserk, killed one of the occupants of the commercial bus the travellers were and abducted others.

It was gathered that, the killed passenger’s life was claimed by the gun men while trying to escape wen abducted by the suspected Fulani men.

Eyewitness account revealed that,the armed men shot sporadically into the air to disperse other road users and to scare the passersby while perpetrating their evil deed.

According to him,” We heard several gunshots and we see that vehicles plying the road are making U-turn. I got to know that they killed one traveller while they abduct others.”

Speaking on the development, the Field Commander of Osun State Amotekun Corps, Comrade Amitolu Shittu, confirmed the abduction.

“One person was killed by the gunmen while they abducted yet-to-be-known numbers of travellers. We saw pellets of AK-47 used at the scene of the crime. We are still combing the forest to rescue those that were kidnapped.

He, however, assured that, efforts would be made to apprehend the perpetrators of the act.
Source – Tribune

Northern Traders Insist On Food Blockade

The Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN) says it prefers that farm produce goes to waste rather than tolerate continued attacks on its members in the South, TheCable reports.

Awwalu Aliyu, an official of the union in Kano on Tuesday said the decision not to supply food to the South was not to starve southerners but to protest against attacks on their people.

Aliyu who restated the group’s claim that northerners were killed and lost properties, especially during the #EndSARS protests and the recent Shasha market crisis in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, added that it would be better for them to lose food items locked up inside trucks in Jebba, Niger state than lose their lives.

When asked if members of the union were not concerned about food items locked up inside trucks in Jebba going bad and leading to losses, Aliyu said, “It would be better to lose the food items than to lose lives. You’re talking about losing goods; which one is better, to lose a life or to lose property? Losing property is better than losing a life.

“We prefer and our people will prefer to lose those farm items or goods than to continue losing their lives. If you are alive, you can plant another thing, you can rear another cattle. But if you’re dead, you can’t do that again. Only the living can go to the farm.

“We do not want to destroy anybody. We do not want to kill anybody. The number of Yorubas and Ibos that reside in Kano and Kaduna alone is far more than the number of northerners in the entire South-West, South-South and South-East.

“Also, the investments of Yorubas and Igbos in Kano and Kaduna, running into billions of naira are more than the entire investments of northerners in the South-West, South-East and South-South if you remove Aliko Dangote. Our people are only petty traders, ‘shoe shiners’ (cobblers), fingernail cutters, wheelbarrow pushers, okada riders and so on.

“Our people in the South don’t have what southerners have in the North. They have farmlands, buildings and a lot of properties that run into billions of naira. We do not intend to touch a needle out of it. We do not intend to destroy anybody’s property. What we want is to have our people protected from being killed.”

Source – Sahara Reporters