The Ogun State police command has arrested three herdsmen for alleged unlawful possession of firearms.
The trio of Mohammed Bello, 40; Muhammed Momoh, 30; and Yisau Umoru, 18; were arrested following an information the police received that one Ige Orisade had been attacked and severely wounded by some herdsmen in his Imedu Farm, Oke-Odo, via Oja-Odan, after he confronted them to know the reason why they allowed their cattle to graze on his farm and destroyed his crops in the process.
The police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, stated in a release that “an argument ensued in the process and the herdsmen macheted Orisade severely before they escaped into the nearby bush.”
On the strength of the information, Oyeyemi stated, the Area Commander, Ilaro, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Titus Musa, dispatched a team of policemen to the scene. The team, in conjunction with the local vigilante, was said to have combed the bush thoroughly, leading to the arrest of the three suspects.
The command spokesman stated that one AK 49 rifle with serial number 513, 49 0.8mm live ammunition, 26 live cartridges and two sharp cutlasses were recovered from the herdsmen. He added that the police was intensifying efforts to apprehend other suspects and recover other arms from them.
“The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the state Anti-Robbery Squad for investigation. He has also ordered that the fleeing members of the gang be hunted, arrested and brought to book, while assuring residents of the state of adequate security at all times,” Oyeyemi said.