Written by Osagie Otabor, Akure
Gunmen suspected of terrorizing waterways in the Ese-Odo local government area razed 15 houses in a midnight attack on the Asere River community.
The gunmen were said to have attacked the community for allegedly giving information to security agencies about their activities and movements.
Women in the community protested the attack, calling for the arrest of gang members.
The protesting women said the attackers were well-known members of the community who got annoyed because the Joint Working Group had reprimanded them.
They identified the suspected gang members as Kutu Mone called MK; July Mone; The best Oniwei; Iyemiyelawei Mone; Mathew Suku Polobubou; Dedewei Mone and Bado Ogbudugbudu.
Protesters said the gang was operating in the river area until security operatives began arresting them.
One of the protesters, Faith, said ringleader Kutu Mone, who is originally from Asere, attacked the community because he felt his people were giving advisers about their activities.
According to her: “We saw a fire break out of our houses. We didn’t know what was going on. We all ran into the bushes all night until the security people came to our aid. “
The supreme ruler of the kingdom of Agadagba, Oba Zachueus Doubra, said he received a report that one of his subjects, whom he described as a ‘disobedient boy’, attacked Asere to burn the community.
According to him: “I sent my chiefs and some police officers to the community and I was informed that 14 houses were burned and nine other houses destroyed. Many were left homeless. Many ran into the bush in their pants, some in their panties.
“I want to appeal to all three levels of government and all relevant agencies to help victims through support materials.”
Ondo police spokesman, ASP Tee-Leo Ìkorò, said: “We want to convince people in the area that the police are at the top of the situation. People should get back to their normal work.
“Our people have taken over the area and in no time MK and his gang would have been arrested and also prosecuted.”