A member of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Adejuyigbe Daniel, has been reportedly killed by some suspected Fulani Herdsmen in Iju, Akure North Local Government Area, Ondo State.
The herders were also said to have abducted a farmer, Mr. Solomon Akinmeji, on his farm at Okeji Farm Settlement in the area.
It would be recalled that Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu had given the Fulani herdsmen a standing order to vacate the forest reserves across the state about two weeks ago.
The youth leader in the town, Mr. Ogundeji Ayodeji, said on Wednesday that the Fulani herdsmen had been terrorizing the host community for a very long time through abduction for ransom as well as killing of some of their victims.
Ogundeji further explained that the latest development occurred on Saturday when Akinmeji went to his farm only to be reportedly abducted by some Fulani herdsmen while some other men with him escaped with bruises.
He noted that the incident propelled him to summon youths and some members of OPC in the town to organise a search party on Sunday morning in order to locate the abductee in the bush and set him free from his abductors.
The Youth Leader further explained that their search was not fruitful till Monday morning when they reported the case to Police Division in the town and consequently Members of the South west security networks, popularly known as Amotekun security corps to join the search party.
WESTERN POST gathered that the two security outfits joined the search team and headed for the forest to rescue the abducted farmer only to be engaged in a gun duel by the herders before they could repel the attack.
He said the search for the missing farm owner continued on Tuesday morning, as the group numbering about thirty moved to the forest in batches, while the late Adejuyigbe Daniel headed to a separate direction in order to continue his search for the missing farmer.
Ogundeji noted that after the whole exercise all search party members assembled but the late Daniel was not present, the development he explained made them intensify more efforts to look for him.
He explained that his dead body was later found at a place where the local tent allegedly erected by the herders were located with his legs and hands tied and eyes blindfolded.
“Daniel fell out of his search group by moving afar to locate the missing farm owner before he was reportedly abducted and shot dead by the herders”.
He said the farm owner, Segun Akinmeji is still at the kidnapper’s den while the remains of the late Adejuyigbe Daniel has been deposited at the morgue of the General Hospital in the town.
He called on the State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, President Muhammadu Buhari and all other relevant authorities to work assiduously and provide a lasting solution to the menace in the town and South west region.
Police Public Relations Officer in the State, ASP Tee Leo Ikoro who confirmed the incident said investigation has commenced in the earnest to unravel the killing and the abduction of the late Adejuyigbe Daniel.
The PPRO further said that the Commissioner of Police in the State has ordered a manhunt for the killer Herdsmen.
For weeks now, Herdsmen invasion has become a menu in the mouth of every dwellers of the south west part of Nigeria and outcry against the ugly trend has remained loud.