Some hoodlums suspected to be criminal Fulani herdsmen on Sunday morning invaded a farmstead at Oha in the Imeko-Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State and slaughtered a farmer, identified as Dele Olowoniyi.
Our correspondent gathered that Olowoniyi was asleep when his assailants stormmed the isolated farmstead where they were said to have also destroyed some properties.
The victim was found dead by his wife, with machete cuts in his neck and other parts of the body on Sunday morning.
A source told journalists that some armed Fulani herdsmen invaded the farmstead in the night and killed the farmer but the reason for their action could not be ascertained yet.
The source said the suspected herdsmen stormmed the place around 1am on Sunday. He said they were armed with guns and cutlasses while shooting indiscriminately.
“Dele Olowoniyi was slaughtered by the Fulani herdsmen at Oha village. After killing him, they left for Iwoye Ketu,” he added.
Recall that the axis has been in the news for rampaging activities of criminal herdsmen.
But the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident, stressed that there was no evidence that the man was killed by Fulani herdsmen.
The PPRO said, “The place is a farm settlement, there is only one building there, where the man lived with his wife.
“We were told that he complained of heat and went outside to sleep, but in the morning, he was found dead.
“Nobody can point at his killers, we cannot confirm yet whether the killers are Fulani herdsmen or not. We are still investigating.”
The PPRO however said the family did not allow the police to keep the body for an autopsy.
He said, “They said they don’t want him to be taken to mortuary, and since that is what they want, there is nothing we can do than to release the corpse to them.”