Three people were shot on Sunday night by unknown gunmen, who invaded Koka Village, in the Obokun Local Government Area of Osun State.
A resident, who preferred anonymity, told The PUNCH that she was already in bed around 11:30 pm when about eight gunmen invaded the village.
She said the attackers divided themselves into two groups, with the first set of four men entering houses and bringing out the residents, while another set mounted surveillance on the road leading into the village.
Another resident identified as Tayo Ola, also said the building the gunmen first entered when they arrived the village was riddled with bullets.
Ola also said three villagers were shot but none was taken away by the attackers, adding that the arrival of hunters put them under pressure and made them fled into the bush.
The Osun State Police Command spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, confirmed the incident in a statement on Monday.
“Some herdsmen on Sunday attacked Koka village in Obokun Local Government Area, and attempted to abduct some villagers.
“Villagers and hunters mobilised and engaged the attackers in a firefight and liberated themselves. Three villagers sustained bullet wounds. Those injured were responding to treatment at Asubiaro State Hospital, Osogbo.
“Police have drafted operatives to join locals on search operation to apprehend the fleeing suspects,”Opalola said.