Suspected kidnappers, Army, local vigilante in gun duel at Oke-Ero, Kwara
Tiamiyu Saheed Oluwatosin
Two kidnap suspects were arrested on Thursday in Oke-Ero Local Government Area of Kwara State, following a gun duel between suspected kidnappers and the joint local vigilante/hunters and the Nigeria Army.
Press gathered that the gun duel happened near Ero-Dam in the local government area on Thursday.
The two suspects arrested were identified as Bunmi, an indigene of Odo Owa and a Fulani man named Ramoni.
Both suspects As stated by a top Civil Defence Corps official in Omu-Aran, Mr. A.O.Mobayo, have been handed over to the Nigeria Police area command office at Omu-Aran, in Irepodun Local Government Area of the state, for further investigation.
The joint covert operation, Press further gathered, was sequel to the confessional statement of a suspected kidnapper arrested in Ekiti by the state police command.
Again, from Oke-Ero, the Divisional Officer of the Nigeria Civil Defence Corps, in Iloffa, Oguntifa Felix, reported that there was a breakdown of law and order at about 1900hours on Thursday, as angry members of the community attacked the Fulani community, setting their houses including one hotel ablaze
A Toyota corolla car belonging to a Fulani man, Alhaji Idowu, was also reportedly set ablaze by the irate mob who attacked the community.
Reacting to the development, the Wakili Fulani of Omu-aran, Abdullahi Ibrahim, alleged that some hoodlums attacked Fulani properties in Omu-aran and Oke-Ero towns over alleged reports of kidnap suspects arrested by Ekiti state police command.
Speaking with Press on phone, Ibrahim, said though no life was lost in the incident, houses and vehicles belonging to Fulani citizens were burnt by the irate mob in the two towns.
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When contacted, the spokesman of the Kwara State Police Command, Mr Okasanmi Ajayi, said he would get back to our correspondent, but could not up till the time of this report.
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