On Friday the cousin to one of the Media Aides to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu was brutally murdered by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Ajowa Community in Akoko North West Local Area of Ondo State.
The late farmer known as Dayo Ibiye, who was a farmer and cousin to the Senior Special Assistant to Akeredolu on New Media, Gani Muhammed-Ajowa, was killed in his farm in Ajowa community.
The death of Ibiye was coming barely 24 hours after a member of the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, was also killed by bandits suspected to be herdsmen in Iju Community in Akure North Local Government Area of the state.
Ibiye was said to have been killed following an altercation with the herdsmen who had earlier made attempts to encroach on his farm with their herds of cattle.
According to Ajowa, his cousin was attacked by four Fulani herdsmen 24 hours after he was trailed to the farm by his assailants over his late cousin’s refusal to allow the Fulani herdsmen have access to his farm in order to feed their cows.
While disclosing that the herders after attacking Ibiye with machete which failed to penetrate his body, Ajowa stated that they overpowered him and twisted his neck backward to ensure that they completely snuffed life out of him.
Ajowa said, “He (Late Ibiye) on Thursday was working on his farm when Fulani herdsmen were trying to enter his farm but warned them.
“He told them to go to the bush but not people’s farm but the herdsmen said that they can enter anywhere including his farm which he dared not to try.
“They now threatened him that they can always enter the farm when he’s no longer alive and they left.
“But on Friday, they trailed him to his farm and attacked him. They macheted him but didn’t not penetrate. That was when they descended on him and twisted his neck to the back.
“After the incident, I told those who were with him during the incident but managed to escaped not to go back to the farm alone. When I was called, I advised them to go with the police in the area to retrieve his body.”
When contacted, the Police Spokesperson in the state, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro, who confirmed the incident stated that investigation had begun into the development.