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Residents, police disagree over who killed man on his farm in Ogun



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Residents of Imeko and the Ogun Police Command have disagreed on who killed a farmer, Dele Olowoniyi, who was slaughtered on his farm while sleeping.

According to reports, Olowoniyi was asleep in a farm settlement at Oha village, Imeko, in Imeko-Afon Local Government Area of the state when he was attacked in the early hours of Sunday.

He was said to have been found dead by his wife with machete cuts in his neck and other parts of the body on Sunday.

Speaking on the development, a source said some suspected herdsmen stormed the village in the night with guns and cutlass and killed Olowoniyi in the farm.

“One of our brothers here in Imeko was killed in the early hour of today (Sunday) around 1am by Fulani herdsmen.

“They stormed the village during the midnight with guns and cutlass, they were shot indiscriminately, destroying property.

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“Dele Olowoniyi was slaughtered by the Fulani herdsmen at Oha village. After killing him, they left for Iwoye Ketu.”

The state Police Command, while confirming the incidence, however said there was no evidence that the man was killed by Fulani herdsmen.

The spokesman of the command, Abimbola Oyeyemi said: “The place is a farm settlement, there is only one building there, where the man lived with his wife.

“We were told that he complained of heat and went outside to sleep, but in the morning, he was found dead.

“Nobody can point at his killers, we cannot confirm yet whether the killers are Fulani herdsmen or not. We are still investigating.”

Oyeyemi also disclosed that the family of the deceased refused allowing the police to keep the corpse for autopsy.

“They said they don’t want him to be taken to mortuary, and since that is what they want, there is nothing we can do than to release the corpse to them”, Oyeyemi said.

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