Tension in Saki as herdsmen hack Oyo farmer to death

There was tension in Saki and adjoining communities as suspected herdsmen reportedly hacked a farmer to death after tying him to a tree at Oke Orogun village in Saki West area of Oyo State.

It was learnt that the herdsmen stormed the village late Saturday night to perpetrat the act.

What led to the attack was not known as of the time of filing this report.

The farmer, simply identified as Kola, was said to have been tied to a tree in front of the village and thereafter, hacked with machete.

A source said that when the news of the incident broke in Saki, some angry youths mobilised to rescue the victim but it was too late as he died before help came his way.

During reprisal attack, it was learnt that the angry youths stormed the herders settlement and set the huts ablaze.

The video of the burning of the settlement went viral online and voices were heard raining curses on the herders and their alleged collaborators among the Yoruba.

Mr Olugbenga Fadeyi, the Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo State, said the incident was a case of robbery.

Fadeyi, who said relative peace had been restored to the area now, added that the police were working hard to prevent further breakdown of law and order.

He said, “Yes, it was a robbery incident which happened on March 12, 2021 where one Sukurupu (male) was killed. Irate youths in the area mobilized for a reprisal attack.

“The Area Commander, Saki, called a stakeholders meeting to broker peace. The area is relatively peaceful as aggrieved parties have agreed to term. Police tactical teams are on ground to curtail untoward situation.”

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