Why we beat herdsman to death in Ogun – Father, son

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A farmer, Kolese Womiloju, and his 25-year-old son, Taiwo, have been arrested by the Ogun State Police Command for killing a herdsman.

The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a Monday statement.

The suspects allegedly confessed to killing the herdsman, Abubakar Sidi Usman, 32, for grazing his cattle near their farm at Gbagba Elewure village of Odeda Local Government Area of the state.

The police spokesman quoted the suspects as saying they warned the herdsman not to graze his cattle near their farm but he refused to heed the warning.

Usman reportedly went missing last Wednesday and a search party was conveyed the same day to find him.

However, the search party found his lifeless body with machete cuts inside an abandoned well at a nearby bush.

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According to the statement, policemen at Odede division, led by the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Ajayi Williams, who were alerted, arrived at the scene to evacuate the body.

Oyeyemi noted that the suspects were subsequently arrested based on intelligence during interrogation.

He added that during interrogation the suspects admitted killing the herdsman.

“They both confessed to the killing of the deceased. They said it was because they saw him grazing his cows around their farm. They stated further that the deceased was warned to take his cattle away from the area and when he refused, he was beaten with a charmed ring which made him to be unconscious after which he was matcheted to death. Thereafter, they said he was dragged to an abandoned well about one kilometer to the place and dumped there.

“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Kenneth Ebrimson, has ordered that the suspects be transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, SCIID for further investigation and diligent prosecution.

“The CP also warned that those who are in the habit of taking laws into their own hands will not find it easy with the command because jungle justice has no place in our laws,” Oyeyemi said.


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