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Tension Grips Residents As Bandits, Vigilantes Engage in Gun Battle in Oyo

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Tension Grips Residents As Bandits, Vigilantes Engage in Gun Battle in Oyo

Residents of Sepeteri, an agricultural town in Saki East Local Government area, Oyo State, were seized with tension yesterday when local vigilantes and bandits, who were believed to be Fulani herders, engaged in gun duel.

The battle started when the bandits ambushed and kidnapped two people on an occasion close to the historic Oyo National Park. A man was killed in the attack.

After the attack, the bandits escaped into the National Park Forest Reserve with their abductees.

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According to Elisha Olanrewaju,  one of the hunters, who went after the bandits, “some bandits attacked some people at a function killing a man, injured one and abducted two others.

“We went into the bush and we were able to rescue a victim. They started shooting at us. They ran away moving towards Iseyin.

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“But, the atmosphere there is calm now and security agents are there. When they engaged us, nobody died. We thank God.”

A police source, who preferred anonymity said all conventional security agents were there to ensure peace return to the area.

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