The Ogun State Police Command has arrested a herdsman, Muhammad Garba for allegedly killing a farmer, Segun Akinlade on his farm at Imala, Abeokuta North Local Government Area of the state.
A statement by the spokesman of the command, Abimbola Oyeyemi on Saturday, revealed that the incident occurred last Sunday, and that the deceased was infuriated when he got to his farm and saw the herdsman with his cattle on the farmland.
The farmer was said to have allegedly attacked the herdsman with his catapult, leading to retaliation by the herdsman, who killed the farmer.
Oyeyemi further stated that the suspected killer herdsman was arrested following a distress call received by the police at Imala division, as the Divisional Police Officer at Imala Division, CSP Mobolaji Jimoh, mobilised his men to the scene of the attack after receiving the distress call.
“On getting to the scene, the deceased’s corpse was met on the ground while the suspect also had machete cuts on his body. The suspect was identified and promptly arrested.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that trouble started when the deceased got to his newly cleared farmland and met the suspect grazing his cattle.
“In order to chase him away, he used a catapult to frighten him but the catapult’s stone hit the herdsman on the forehead. This infuriated the suspect, who brought out cutlass to fight the deceased, who was also with a cutlass.
“The two of them used cutlass to attack each other, resulting in the death of the deceased. The corpse has been deposited at the mortuary for autopsy.”
The statement further revealed that the state Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the homicide section of the state Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and prosecution.
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