The police in Ogun State have arrested three herdsmen for allegedly killing a farmer, Rafiu Sowemimo, 40.
The suspects, Muhammed Adamu, Saliu Ismail and Saliu Adamu, allegedly killed Sowemimo on Sunday at Adao village, Alabata, in Odeda Local Government.
The suspects were said to have allowed their cattle stray into the farm of the deceased, thereby destroying his crops. An action Sowemimo protested. He was said to have accosted the herders, querying their destructive attitude, which led to an altercation. Angered by the confrontation, the herders were said to have stabbed Sowemimo dead.
Confirming the incident, police spokesman Abimbola Oyeyemi, a Deputy Superintendent (DSP), said the command received a distress call from villagers and sent officers to the scene, led by the Deputy Commissioner in-charge of Operations and State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID).
“With information from the indigenes, they were able to arrest the three herders who perpetrated the heinous crime.
“Police Commissioner Bashir Makama has visited the village to condole with the family of the victim. He ordered the transfer of the suspects to the Homicide Section of the SCIID for proper investigation and prosecution,” said Oyeyemi.