- A landlord, Musliu Aliu, who is also a farmer, has been found dead after having a dispute with his tenant who is a Fulani herdsman
- In another incident, a woman was also stabbed in the stomach and has been hospitalised, while about 19 houses are said to have been razed in the aftermath of the incident
- The Oyo state police command spokesperson, Adekunle Ajisebutu, says the herdsman who allegedly killed the farmer is still at large
There is heightened tension between the indigenes of Igbeti in the Oke-Ogun area of Oyo state, and herdsmen in the area after a herdsman allegedly murdered his landlord over dispute over cattle.
The Guardian reports that the deceased landlord, Musliu Aliu, who was also a farmer, was killed on his farm shortly after having a dispute with his herdsman tenant.
The chairman of Igbeti community, Alhaji Alawode Jimoh Fasina, said the indigenes of the town had warned the deceased not to accommodate the herdsman who has many cows in the area.
He said: “Aliu went to his farm where he had preserved some yam seedlings for planting. But the cows ate some tubers of yam, which resorted into a quarrel between them. The herdsman accused the deceased of poisoning his cows, who he said were discharging bile.
“The deceased told us he was going to report the incident to the police. But we learnt that he went to his farm to plant the yamseedlings. It was in the process that the herdsman attacked and killed him.”
In another incident, a woman was also stabbed in the stomach and had been hospitalised, while about 19 houses were said to have been razed in the aftermath of the attack.
The woman explained that the herdsman tried to forcefully grabbed her purse in which she had some money, but when she resisted, he tried to cut her purse which she tied to her waist with a dagger and in the process, the dagger pierced her stomach and gouge out her intestines. She is in the hospital.
However, the leader of Fulani herdsmen in the area, Alhaji Saliu Kadiri, who is also the national chairman, Jamu Nati Fulbe Association of Nigeria, has exonerated his members form the murder of the farmer.
Alhaji Saliu Kadiri alleged that the deceased farmer poisoned his crops which the cattle ate and that led to its death.
“The herdsman reported the case and the following day, the man was found dead. He was not stabbed and there were no stab wounds on him. His tubers of yam were also burnt. Only my God knows who killed him,” he said.
The herdsman who allegedly killed the farmer is still at large, according to the Oyo state police spokesperson, Adekunle Ajisebutu.
Meanwhile, more than 1000 guns were recovered as armed bandits, cattle rustlers and vigilante surrendered their weapons as part of a disarmament process spearheaded by Zamfara State and 1 Division Nigerian Army.
In a statement by Brigadier-General Sani Kukasheka Usman who is the director of army public relations, he said the army and the state government is working towards peace.
The region has recorded violence ranging from cattle rustling to Fulani herdsmen attack and the army has vowed to work towards achieiving peace.