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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Suspected herders shoot farmer to death in Ondo

By Tola Gbadamosi

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A 53-year-old farmer, Wasiu Kareem, has been reportedly found dead in his farm at Ala quoters in  Akure North Local government area of Ondo State with three bullets holes on his chest.

According to source, Kareem, a native of Osun State came to farm in Ondo State, was suspected to have been killed by suspected  herders following a frosty relationship between farmers and herders in the community.

Speaking with The Hope Metro, a farmer who preferred anonymity, said, “the lifeless body of the farmer was found in his farm at the forest with  three bullet holes on his chest.

 “On that Thursday, we were through with weeding our farms at about 6:00pm and I called on him that we should start going home.

“But he said he wanted to pack the weeded area and would soon join us.

“Five hours after waiting for him, we went back to the farm that night and found his lifeless body in the farm with some gunshot injuries.

 “With the suspicious manner at which he was killed, we suspect it might be a case of a confrontation between the deceased farmer and unknown herder who might  have trespassed into his farmland.”

The Hope Metro gathered that residents of the community decried the manner at which herders have been disregarding the anti-open grazing law in the state.

Some angry youths in the community went looking for the herders in the middle of the night, but unfortunately, they weren’t at home and they angrily set all the huts at the Ala forest ablaze.

Some leaders of the community however, called on the state government to intervene in the matter before it leads to a total breakdown of law and order in the community.

At the time of filling this report, all efforts to speak with the police public relations officer proved abortive.

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