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Police arrest herdsman for allegedly killing farmer in Ogun

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A herdsman identified as Muhammad Garba has been arrested by the Ogun state police command for allegedly killing a farmer in Imala community of Abeokuta North Local Government Area.

WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the deceased farmer identified as Segun Akinlade and the herder were reportedly fighting when the deceased met the herder and his cows grazing at his newly-cleared farmland.

While reacting to the sad incident, the Police Public Relations in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed the incident and further added that the suspect attacked the farmer with a cutlass after being struck by a stone fired from a catapult the farmer used in scaring him.

“In order to chase him away, he used a catapult to scare the intruder, but the catapult stone hit the herdsman on the forehead.

“This infuriated the suspect who brought out a cutlass to fight the deceased who was also with a cutlass,” the police spokesman said.

“The two of them used cutlass on each other resulting to the death of the deceased. The corpse of deceased has been deposited in the mortuary for autopsy,” he said.

“On getting to the scene, the corpse of the deceased was met on the ground while the suspect who also sustained machete cut injuries was identified and promptly arrested,” Mr Oyeyemi added.

Garba has been transferred to homicide section of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation and prosecution.

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