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Crime & Punishment of Wednesday, 17 November 2021

Source: punchng.com

Suspected herdsmen kidnap, kill Ondo butchers tricked to buy cows

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Two butchers have been killed by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen in the agrarian community of Ajadusi, Ala, in the Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State.

The bandits were said to have stormed the town on Monday, shooting continuously before kidnapping the victims.

A source explained that four butchers had received a call from one of the hoodlums, who invited them to the town to buy cows.

They were, however, attacked. While one of the victims escaped with injuries, the whereabouts of the other three was initially unknown.

During a search for the three victims, the bodies of two of them were found in the forest.

The third victim was reported to have been kidnapped by the herdsmen.

The escaped butcher, Nasiru Jamiu, who is still receiving treatment in a hospital, said the herdsmen lured them into the bush to abduct them.

He said, “One of the Fulani people that sell cows to my boss called him to come and buy cows. He (the Fulani) had been selling cows to him before this time; they had been transacting business together for a long time.

“After calling my boss, we first went to the place on Saturday; it was a long journey. My boss asked us to turn back that he did not feel like going further. The guy kept disturbing him and convinced him that they would bring the cows to a nearby village.

“So, when he called yesterday (Monday), he told us that some people would come and meet us at Ala town so that we would proceed to where the cows were kept. On getting to Ala, they took us to where the cows were and asked us to park our vehicles so that they could move the cows to the main road.

“As they entered into the bush, four of us waited beside the vehicles. Surprisingly, they returned with guns and started shooting into the air. They kidnapped my boss. The three of us left tried to run for our lives; as I was trying to move, they cut me with a machete. I fell and pretended as if I was dead.

“When I realised that they had left, I stood up and ran around the bush. It was only my boss I saw that they kidnapped, but the other two of us, we still don’t know their whereabouts till now. Maybe they later kidnapped them too, we are not certain.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, who confirmed the incident and the death of the two butchers, said men of the command were already in the forest to rescue the remaining victim.

She said, “Initially, we thought it was a case of robbery, but when we got to the scene, we saw that it was a case of kidnapping and murder. A team of policemen is in the area to get clues on the whereabouts of the fourth person and the kidnappers and to ensure the last victim is rescued alive. We will apprehend the perpetrators.”