Chiefs and elders in the coastal community of Makun-Omi in Ogun Waterside yesterday said they did not invade or attack Atijere in neighbouring Ondo State.
The Nation reported that suspected militants wearing red bands on their wrists and heads, on November 29, sacked two settlements – Liyewu and Yandagbe- in Makun – Omi and razed three buildings.
Five people were shot and two canoes destroyed. Officials of the Boundaries Commission who were in the area were chased away.
The chiefs refuted what they described as “an attempt by the Atijere monarch to distort the account of what happened through misinformation and protests by Atijere youths.
They urged the governments of Ogun and Ondo states to prevail on some few, but influential war mongering and trigger happy elements in Atijere to embrace peace and dialogue.
In a statement by the Olisa of Makun – Omi, High Chief Shittu Lukman, the chiefs and elders said they “never attacked Atijere” contrary to what some Atijere youths want the world to believe during their protest in Akure on Wednesday.
Shittu said the allegation that “gunmen” from Makun-Omi attacked Atijere community, was absolute falsehood, mischievous, wicked and a complete misrepresentation of the true situation.