Osun hunters deny involvement in Ejigbo killings
By Richard Akintade, Osogbo
The Osun State Command of the Nigeria Hunters and Forest Security Service has debunked the rumour going round that its members were part of the killing at Ejigbo during the 50th Coronation Anniversary of the Ogiyan of Ejigbo, Oba Omowonuola Oyeyode, Oyesosin II on Saturday.
This was made known in a statement issued and made available to newsmen on Sunday by the state Commandant of the hunters Group, Mr Hammed Nureni.
According to Nureni who sympathised with the family of the people killed and pray that God will give the entire family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, non of his members were at the event.
“I want to say here that no member of the, Osun State Command of the Nigeria Hunters and Forest Security Service involved in the killing or perpetrating it as we are peaceful and well trained security agent who knows what to do at the right time.
“Hunters did not deploy security to the private residence, where the deceased was shot.
“We have conducted thorough checks among our men in Ejigbo. Our involvement in security set up for the day’s 50th coronation anniversary of Ogiyan was limited to the venue of the party as we didn’t send men to private residence where the killing occured.
“We commiserates with the Ogiyan of Ejigbo, the people of the town and the immediate family of Mr. Richard Idowu, who was reportedly shot dead in Ejigbo on Saturday.
“We are also using this medium to commends Governor Ademola Adeleke for ordering the probe of the ugly incident which we described as timely.
“Governor Adeleke has done well for calling for immediate and adequate investigation into the killing of the innocent people on Saturday at Ejigbo, this is highly welcome.
“Our group, the Osun State Command of the Nigeria Hunters and Forest Security Service will continue to remain professional, be law abiding and promise to continue to collaborate with the government of the day, Osun State Command of the Nigeria Police Force and other security personnel in working towards complete safety of life and property in Osun State”, Nureni concluded.