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Tension as Herders Kill Farmer In Osun

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Some believed Fulani ranchers murdered a farmer known as Ridwan on his farm at Boole village in the Ijabe area of Osun State on Tuesday, 12 January.

It was obtained that his loss of life was seemingly related to a brawl he had with one of the herders sometimes last year over the raid of his farm by a herd of cattle that fed there and razed what was left.

Oluwole Segun, who is a dweller of the neighborhood, revealed that Ridwan, popularly known as Rado of Eesa compound in Ijabe, Odo-Otin Local Government Area of Osun State, met face to face the herders who grazed cattle to the area and eroded his farm.

It was learnt that the problem led to a disagreement between them.

“The alternation resulted in fisticuffs between the deceased and one of the herdsmen during which he hacked Ridwan to death.

“Some youths quickly rushed to the herdsmen settlement on the town, where the suspect and two others who were at the scene were caught and taken to the police station in the town.

“The police later visited the scene and evacuated the body to a hospital,” he said.

Nevertheless, efforts to get a response from Yemisi Opalola, the Police Public Relations Officer, were unsuccessful as her number was not reachable. However, a safety source said the issue had been shifted to state police command headquarters for decent investigation.

In the meantime, the elders in the community have pleaded with the youths to not take law in their own hands in order to allow the security agents to do their jobs.

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