By Olusegun Folarin

Operatives of Ogun State Police Command have arrested four farmers for allegedly killing and dismembering the body of a herder identified as Umaru Aliyu, at Ijagunre village in Imeko-Afon local government area of Ogun state. 

The suspects, Akinyele Adebayo, Gbalo Idosu, Abiala Segun and Kareem Fagbemi Lana were arrested after one Umaru Jakake, reported the incident at Imeko divisional headquarters.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed the arrest of the suspects in Abeokuta.

Mr Oyeyemi said the brother of the deceased, Umaru Jakake had told the policemen attached to Imeko Divisional headquarters that the suspects attacked them on their way to another farm after one of the suspects, Ojugbele had earlier directed them to leave his farm.

He said their investigation led to the arrest of Kareem Fagbemi Lana, who confessed to the police that it was one Ojugbele who called him from his own farm to inform him of the presence of herdsmen in their farm vicinity and that he should come and join him to chase them away.

The Command’s spokesman said the suspects told the policemen that they took the remaining parts of the body to Tamake town and buried it in front of Gbalo Idosu’s house.

He said that the deceased’s head and other body parts had been recovered by the policemen. 

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Olanrewaju Oladimeji, who commended the Homicide team for the painstaking investigation, ordered a massive manhunt for the fleeing member of the gang to be brought to book. 

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