At least five persons are now feared dead after a deadly clash between farmers and herdsmen in Ogun state.
The clash which happened in the early hours of Saturday at Imeko-Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State also led to arson where homes and properties were burnt.
Reports say residents of Aworo community in the Yewa North Local Government chased the herdsmen from their village to Idofa in Imeko, killing three of them and their cows.
Aworo people had accused the Fulani of destroying their farms and water sources through open grazing of cows, a practice the Ogun State government had banned.
A community leader who spoke on the condition of anonymity said there was a reprisal attack on Thursday after the Aworo people killed the three herdsmen in Idofa.
He said the retaliation led to the death of two Yorubas, one of whom was burnt beyond recognition.
Houses, four maize barns, motorcycles and other valuables were reportedly set ablaze by the attackers.
According to him, “The Aworo people chased the herdsmen from Yewa North to Idofa in Imeko. They killed three of them there and killed their cows.
“On Thursday, the Fulani herdsmen returned in the dead of night to launch an attack. They killed two persons, set houses and other properties on fire.
“One of those killed was burnt in a house beyond recognition. It took the intervention of the police and the Amotekun corps to calm the situation.
“As we are talking, many Ohoris are injured, hundreds are now displaced at Imeko town. We need the attention of the Federal and State Governments to take care of the displaced persons,” the community leader said.
The Ogun State Police Command has confirmed the incident.
The state Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the incident is under control.
Oyeyemi said, “We heard about it. It is an unfortunate incident, and we are investigating it. We have called on all stakeholders, including the Fulani communities that have been living in that place, who testified that they did not even know the reason for the attack.
“We are investigating to ensure that those who carried out that dastardly act are apprehended in other not to cause further crisis.
“The situation is under control as more policemen have been deployed to the place. The Commissioner of Police has directed that the Area Commander should take charge of the security situation in the area.”