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Crime & Punishment of Tuesday, 28 December 2021


Herder’s Killing: Bloodbath averted in Kwara as police foil community, Fulani clash

The Kwara State Police Public Relations Officer, Ajayi Okasanmi The Kwara State Police Public Relations Officer, Ajayi Okasanmi

A communal clash was averted in Pampo village, Afon district, headquarters of the Asa Local Government Area of Kwara State, following the killing of a Fulani herdsman, Yau Ibrahim, whose corpse was discovered in the bush on Christmas Day.

The corpse of Ibrahim, who went to graze his cattle on the day, according to sources, was recovered from the bush by the police, who were called by the Fulani leaders in the area.

Punch Metro gathered that the herdsmen planned a reprisal on workers of ABC farm in Pampo village. But the attack was averted by the police, who mobilised to the farm.

The Kwara State Police Public Relations Officer, Ajayi Okasanmi, who confirmed the incident, said the quick intervention of the police prevented what could have been a communal clash between the Fulani herdsmen and the people of the community.

He said a suspect had been arrested in connection with the crime.

Okasanmi, while debunking a viral video circulating in the state, maintained that there was no communal clash on Christmas Day in the state.

He said, “The Kwara State Police Command wishes to inform the public that a WhatsApp message that went viral on Christmas Day to the effect that a large number of unknown gunmen overwhelmed the security at a farm known as ABC Farm and locked up all the workers in the farm security post situated at Elega town, Asa Local Government Area of Kwara State, was untrue and a figment of the imagination of the writer.

“The true story was that on December 25, 2021, at about 10 pm, one Alhaji Usman Shehu reported at the Afon Police Station that one Yau Ibrahim, 20, of Elega village via Afon, went out grazing his cattle in the morning. Around 5 pm, all the cattle returned to their camp without Yau the herder.

“A search party was organised by his kinsmen to look for him. In the course of the search, his corpse was discovered in the bush with his hands tied to his back and his legs equally tied; he was also found blindfolded with a clothing material.

“The lifeless body was recovered by the police and taken to the hospital for autopsy, while the suspect arrested is currently undergoing interrogation. Discreet investigation into the matter has commenced.

“Meanwhile, the herders suspected that the killers of their brother were among the security men on the farm, hence they went to the farm.

“The quick response by men of the police command averted what could have resulted in a serious confrontation. Calm has since been restored.”