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Osun traditionalists shot during religious rites

Four Oro traditional devotees have been shot and injured by some yet-to-be-identified attackers in the Ofatedo community of Osun State.

The traditionalists were shot on Monday while performing their religious rites.

A resident of the community identified as Adesoye said the traditionalist wanted to perform the Oro rites as a cleansing ritual for the community following the killing of Yinusa Okunloye, the son of the Olofa of Ofatedo, Oba Abdullahi Okunloye, by suspected cultists.

Okunloye was allegedly shot dead by the assailants who called him out of his house located at Olofa Street, Ofatedo, in the early hours of Saturday.

Adesoye said, “The perpetrators are suspected cultists that killed the prince. We were informed that Oro devotees would move around the town for cleansing after the prince was shot dead, and we all stayed indoors.

“In the early hours of the morning on Monday, we heard gunshots in some parts of the town and we were told that four people, said to be Oro devotees, were injured.”

Responding to a distress call, some operatives of Osun State Police Command were said to have stormed the area and engaged the assailants in an exchange of gunfire, as they fled.

When contacted, the spokesperson for the Command, Yemisi Opalola, confirmed the incident, saying the four people injured were treated at different hospitals.

She said security had been beefed up across the affected community to prevent further breaches.

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