Fear grips Ogun residents as herdsmen allegedly slaughter farmer
Charles Nwoke, Abeokuta, Nigeria.
February 9, 2021
Photo courtesy of local media.
Tension has enveloped communities in Imeko-Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State following the gruesome butcher of Dele Olowoniyi, a farmer, by suspected herdsmen in the early hours of Sunday.
The victim was reportedly murdered while asleep in a farm settlement at Oha village, with several machete cuts on his neck and other parts of the lifeless body.
According to residents, the herders invaded the village at midnight on Saturday, with guns and cutlasses, shooting sporadically, destroying people’s property and belongings.
The assailants reportedly left Oha for Iwoye Ketu after allegedly killing Olowoniyi.
Though DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the Ogun State Police Command Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident, he however said that there was no evidence that the man was killed by Fulani herdsmen.
It was gathered that as of yesterday, other communities in the Local Government Area Council and beyond are already in a panic mood, as the displaced herders from Oyo State have found their way into their communities.
The head of farmers (Baale Agbe) in the Imeko axis, Abdulazeez Ismail Abolore, confirmed to newsmen that the people were scared because the displaced herders from Oyo State had bombarded the entire communities, adding that the area was no longer safe for them.
“How did the police come to the conclusion that the killers were not herdsmen? What is their proof? The herdsmen invaded the community at night and slaughtered the man. This is a farmer, a warrior, and a mediator within the community in the sense that whenever there is any disagreement between the herders and farmers, he’s always at the forefront of ensuring that farmers in the community are not cheated,” said Ismail.
“The deceased is someone I know very well. The attack and subsequent murder were premeditated. He was their target. Maybe they saw him as a stumbling block to their onslaught against farmers in the community. They believe that if he is killed, nobody will be able to question their activities again.”
“We need the government and well-meaning Nigerians to come to the area. All the forest and other areas need security. We need the government to protect lives and property,” he added.
He said they had sent a save-our-soul message to the state government, the senator representing the area, Tolu Odebiyi, the House of Representatives member, elders in the area, the governor, and the special adviser to the governor on security to come to their aid.