Fulani Herdsman Murders Farmer Over Cattle
A landlord, Musliu Aliu, who is also a farmer, has been found dead after having a dispute with his tenant who is a Fulani herdsman.
The dispute is over the death of a cow belonging to the herdsman.
The deceased had earlier been warned not to accommodate the herdsman who has many cows in the area.
Trouble started when the cows ate some tubers of yam belonging to Aliu, which resorted into a quarrel between him and his tenant.
Aliu was on his way to the police station to report the matter when the herdsman attacked and killed him.
The killing as led to a heightened tension between the indigenes of Igbeti in the Oke-Ogun area of Oyo State and the herdsmen in the area.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officers (PPRO) Oyo Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP),said the herdsman who killed the farmer was still at large.
However, in his response to the allegation of murder, leader of Fulani herdsmen in the area, Saliu Kadiri who is also the National Chairman, Jamu Nati Fulbe Association of Nigeria, alleged that the deceased farmer poisoned his crops which the cattle ate and that led to its death.
“The herdsman reported the case and the following day, the man was found dead. He was not stabbed and there were no stab wounds on him. His tubers of yam were also burnt. Only my God knows who killed him,” he said.
herdsman accused the deceased of poisoning his cows, who he said were discharging bile.