No fewer than six persons were shot dead at Sabo Area of Ondo town, Ondo State on Wednesday night by unknown gunmen.
This came 72 hours after some terrorists attacked St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, killing about 40 people.
It was gathered that the gunmen were on motorcycles when they carried out the attack.
Another source said the gunmen also robbed some residents of the area before they left the scene.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the state, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, confirmed the incident.
She, however, said it was a robbery case, adding that men of the command were already on the trail of the perpetrators.
Source: The Punch
Read the Police response to the incident below:
Telegraphic: PRESSPOL AKURE,
In reply, please quote ,
Ref No. AZ:5280/ONS/PPRO/VOL.1/118
Date: 9th June, 2022
The Director of News
ATTACK ON HAUSA COMMUNITY; AN UNHEALTHY RUMOUR TO STIR STILL WATERS
The attention of the Ondo State Police Command has been drawn to a fake news being peddled by some mischief makers to cause panic, tension and strife in the State.
The Command wishes to state clearly that there was no reprisal attack on the Hausa Community at Sabo area in Ondo town or any part of the state as purported by this war mongers.
On Tuesday, 7th of June, 2022, there was an attempted robbery on a J5 vehicle with plate no MKA – 469 YJ carrying Onions and Potatoes coming from Zaria enroute Ore, had a stop over at Ondo town and was attacked by men of the underworld around 0110hrs . In the cause of this attempt, the robbers shot the driver , while the motorboy escaped with bullet injury, a motorcyclist alongside the pillion and a passerby were also hit by stray bullets
It is however disheartening that, this peddlers who are out to achieve no good did not confirm the story before spreading this falsehood as the victims involved in this failed robbery are from Yoruba, Igbo and Northern extraction.
Investigation has since commenced and effort is ongoing to arrest the assailants.
On this note, the Commissioner of Police, Ondo State Command, CP Oyeyemi Adesoye Oyediran, psc, fsi, urged the people of the state to remain calm and disregard the fake news, as the rumour mongers are out to stir unnecessary chaos and disrupt the peace of the State.
This is also to warn the peddlers of this fake news to desist as the Command will not fold its arms and let them shatter the peace being enjoyed in the State.
SP Odunlami Funmilayo, Mnipr,
Police Public Relations Officer,
For:- Commissioner of Police,
Ondo State Command,