Suspected Fulani herdsmen have allegedly killed a farmer, Adetona Owolabi, on his farm at Afon in Imeko-Afon Local Government area of Ogun State on Thursday.
Trouble began when the farmer, who was working on his farmland located few metres from the newly constructed bridge at Afon, along Owode/Abeokuta Road, suddenly saw a herd of cattle and herdsmen on his farm. He was said to have accosted them and demanded to know why they brought their cattle to graze on the farmland, destroying the farm produce, Punch reported
Thereupon the farmer was allegedly attacked by the herdsmen, who inflicted on him varying degrees of machete cuts all over his body and fled.
He victim later died.
Colleagues of the farmers, who were at their various nearby farmlands, were attracted to the scene by the screams of the victim, who was writhing in pain. He passed on before he could be rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment, the report said.
A family source told the newspaper that the slain farmer had been interred on that same day in Afon, according to Muslim rites.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident.
He said one suspect has been arrested and the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has ordered that the suspect be transferred to the state Criminal Investigation Department in Abeokuta.