Residents of Ajowa Akoko, in Ondo state are obviously in a state of dilemma.

Some soldiers who were drafted to the area to maintain peace have just killed a Fulani boy under the guise of self-defense.

Usman Adamu, a 13-year old primary school pupil in the town was hit by stray bullet while returning from school.

This was the lamentation of the deceased's father, Saliu Usman who described the incident as unfortunate.

Some residents who described the incident as tragic said members of the community are now living in fear of a reprisal attack.

"They started the problem and they were the ones that invited the soldiers which led to the death of their son. But they have forgotten all that. They want to ferment trouble so that outsiders will think they are being cheated.

"They are threatening to avenge the death of their son and as you know, when two elephants fight, it is grass that suffers. That is our concern right now" said Foluso Ijidakinro.

According to a source, a fight broke out among the Fulani men in the town and the soldier was invited from the security post to calm the tension.

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It was gathered that upon sighting the soldier, they attempted to attack him which allegedly led to the soldier firing in self-defense.

The boy was said to have been consequently hit by the stray bullet.

It was also gathered that one other person, Badejo Abdulahi, was hit by the bullet and rushed to the State Specialist Hospital in Ikare Akoko while the corpse of the young boy was deposited at the morgue.

The incident was both confirmed by the Commandant Army Artillery Akure, Lt. Col Ejiga, and Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Major Ojo Adelegan.

"The soldier shot the deceased in self-defense when members of the Fulani community attacked the team of soldiers that were in the community to maintain peace," Adenegan noted.

Also, the spokesman of the state Police Command, Femi Joseph confirmed that it has arrested one Adamu Kai in connection with the incident.

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