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Wasinmi massacre in Osun not related to farmers/herders clash – Police

The Nigerian police have debunked rumors that the murder of 6 family members in the Wasinmi Village was as a result of farmers/herders clash.

This was revealed in a statement on Sunday by the Osun State Police Command spokesperson, Opalola Olawoyin, who mentioned that the clash between the farmers and herders is not responsible for the death of the six family members in the Ikire area of Osun State.

The Police Commissioner said: “Some yet to be identified gunmen, stormed, attacked and shot sporadically at a family of six at a settlement in the outskirts of Wasinmi village, Ikire, Osun state, leaving one person injured. He said the state command has commenced discrete investigations into the incident and already carrying out an intensive manhunt for the perpetrators to bring them to justice.”

The statement from the police command says: “The Osun state police command wishes to state categorically that the unfortunate attack on a family at a settlement in the outskirts of Wasinmi village, Ikire, Osun state 14th march 2021, is not connected with any clash between farmers and herders as speculated in some sections of the media.

The commissioner of police, Osun state command, CP Olawale Olokode, psc, who visited the scene of the incident for an on the spot security assessment noted that the command has commenced discrete investigations into the incident and already carrying out intensive manhunt for the perpetrators to bring them to justice.

The CP notes that preliminary investigations by the police reveal that some yet to be identified gunmen, stormed, attacked and shot sporadically at a family of six at a settlement in the outskirts of Wasinmi village, Ikire, Osun state, leaving one person injured. 

Police operatives from Ikire Division and other law enforcement agencies were promptly drafted to the scene to prevent further attacks on residents in the area and arrest perpetrators but the attackers escaped on sighting the security team.

The CP appeals to the people of the state, particularly residents of Ikire and its environments not to panic but collaborate with the police by giving timely information that will assist in arresting the culprits. He reassures them of the commitment of the police to their safety as adequate security measures have been emplaced to forestall future occurrences of such incidents.

The CP also enjoins reporters to verify their news before making it pubic in order to avoid disinformation that could trigger unnecessary crises capable of disrupting the existing peace being enjoyed in the state.”