Farmers kill Herder In Ogun, Cut Body Part For Ritual
Four farmers accused of killing and dismembering the body of a herder, identified as Umaru Aliyu, at Ijagunre village in Imeko-Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State, have been arrested.
The suspects are Akinyele Adebayo, Gbalo Idosu, Abiala Segun and Kareem Fagbemi Lana.
The deceased was shot dead by the suspects while grazing his cattle. They also cut off his head after one of the suspects, Akinyele Adebayo, said he needed it for ritual.
They were arrested following a report lodged by one Umaru Jakake that the whereabouts of his brother were unknown.
The complainant told the Police that he and his brother were accosted by a man, simply identified as one Ojugbele, who warned them not to take their cattle near his farm.
He said they obliged and took their cattle to the other side of the bush for grazing. However, Ojugbele later called two men who started chasing them about in the bush and his brother went missing in the process.
The case was transferred to State Criminal Investigation Department Eleweran for discreet investigation.
According to the State Police Spokesperson, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the investigation led to the arrest of Kareem Fagbemi Lana, who confessed that it was one Ojugbele who called him from his farm to inform him of the presence of herdsmen in their farm vicinity.
“He confessed further that he also called Abiala Segun, who came with his dane gun and the three of them started chasing the herdsmen. While chasing them, Kareem Fagbemi Lana collected the dane gun and shot one of the herdsmen, Umaru Aliyu, to death.
“After killing him, they invited Akinyele Adebayo whose farm is nearby and informed him of the incident. It was Akinyele Adebayo who helped them to dismember the body after telling them that he needs the head of the deceased for certain ritual and they all agreed with him to take it.
“They then took the remaining parts of the body to Tamake town and buried it in front of Gbalo Idosu’s house.
“The confession of Kareem Fagbemi Lana led to the arrest of three others while Ojugbele is still on the run.
“The deceased’s head and other body parts have been recovered by the policemen”, the PPRO said.
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Olanrewaju Oladimeji, has ordered a massive manhunt for the fleeing suspect, adding that the arrested suspects be charged to Court as soon as the investigation is concluded.
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