An Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court has ordered the remand of a herdsman, Umaru Abubakar, over alleged murder.

Abubakar, 35, is being tried on a charge of murder.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Johnson Okunade, told the court that the accused committed the offence on February 13 in Aiyegbaju-Ekiti.

Okunade alleged that the accused murdered one Elijah Ogor, a farmer.

He said that the deceased had warned the accused several times to stop rearing cows on his farm but that Abubakar did not yield until the fateful day when he killed the deceased.

Okunade told the court that Ogor had called his brothers over threats by Abubakar that he would kill him but before the arrival of the deceased brothers, Abubakar had killed Ogor and escaped.

According to the prosecutor, the offence contravenes Section 319(1) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.

The prosecutor urged the court to remand Abubakar in prison, pending advice from the office of Ekiti State Director of Public Prosecutions.

The Chief Magistrate, Adesoji Adegboye, ordered that Abubakar should be remanded in police custody and adjourned the case until February 27 for mention.

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It would be recalled that people of Ayegbaju Ekiti in the Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State staged a violent protest over the alleged killing of a Ogor.

Ogor, in his 30s hailed from Benue State but was residing in Ekiti, where he engaged in farming.

He was allegedly killed on his farm, located between Ayegbaju and Ido Ekiti communities late on Wednesday after his attackers had allowed their cattle to destroy his farm.

The aggrieved residents blocked Ifaki-Ayegbaju and Ayegbaju-Oye highways and prevented vehicular movements in and out of the town.

 

One of the protesters, who identified himself simply as Adeleye, told newsmen that Ogor was shot at point-blank range by his assailants and that he died on the spot.

“All we want is justice. How can any cattle rearer go to someone’s farm and destroy it and still go ahead to kill him? This is unjust and callous.This issue must be investigated thoroughly and whoever was involved should be prosecuted accordingly and without delay.”

  

It was learnt that immediately the death of the young farmer was reported to the Seriki Fulani in Ekiti State, Abashe Adamu, he directed the task force of the Ekiti State Chapter of the Gan-Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria, to swing into action.

The association was said to have consequently, combed Ayegbaju-Ido-Iludun expansive farmlands and arrested Sanda, in connection with the death.

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