Three herdsmen allegedly involved in the murder of a 40-year-old farmer, Rafiu Sowemimo, in Ogun State, have been arrested.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the herders, while grazing their cattle had infiltrated Sowemimo’s farm in Adao village in Alabata area of Odeda Local Government Area.
The herders had reportedly destroyed some of his crops. The victim thereafter accosted the herders and challenged them to know the reason behind their destructive action.
This led to an altercation between Sowemimo and the herders, consequent upon which they stabbed him to death.
According to the Ogun Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, “ On receiving the information, the Commissioner of Police, CP Bashir Makama directed the Deputy Commissioner of police in-charge of operations and that of State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), to move into the scene and ensure that the culprit were brought to book.
“ In compliance with the CP’s directive, the officers led other policemen to the scene and with information from the natives; they were able to arrest the three herders who perpetrated the heinous crime.”
The PPRO gave the identities of the arrested suspects as: Muhammed Adamu, Saliu Ismail and Saliu Adamu.
It was also learnt that the Commissioner of Police who had been to the village to condole with the family of the victim has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the Homicide section of SCIID for proper investigation and prosecution