It is not only arms carrying herdsmen that now kill people in their farms.

It is sad that a man will labour and not eat the fruit of his labour. 

Another man will come to reap where he did not sow and with a gun he allegedly kills the owner of the farm.

This was what happened in Ijero Ekiti Local Government Area of Ekiti State and a senior traditional chief in Ijero was the victim. 

Adewole Ajayi death is a sad story that leaves people wondering how expensive it has become to own a farm in Nigeria.

He was murdered in his farm on Friday, the police said.

Ajayi, a high chief, popularly known as Iroko Ekiti, was believed to have been murdered inside the farm, located at a neighbouring town, Oke-Oro, also in Ijero Ekiti Local Government Area.

The Police Command in Ekiti confirmed the incident, saying a suspect, Dele Ojo-Aro, had been arrested in connection with the incident.

The spokesman in the state, Caleb Ikechukwu, said preliminary reports indicated that the suspect had been a long time notorious thief, terrorising farms in recent times.

“I can confirm to you that the suspect had earlier been reported for stealing from farms.

"We were reliably informed that he indeed went to the farm to steal the deceased’s yam and in an attempt to get him apprehended, he shot him in the hips with the dane gun he was carrying,” Ikechukwu was quoted as saying by the News Agency of Nigeria.

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The traditional ruler of Iroko Ekiti, Oba Sunday Ekundayo, also confirmed the incident.

The suspect is a native of a neighbouring town of Odo Oro Ekiti.

His alleged involvement in the matter has, however, caused ill feelings between the two neighbouring communities, a source said.

The latest incident occurred barely two weeks after the traditional ruler of Odo Oro Ekiti, Oba Gbadebo Ogunsakin, was murdered in his palace.

Ajayi had gone to the farm early in the day and allegedly found his assailant on his farm stealing yams.

A source said both the victim and the suspected assailant had their farms along the same route but that Ajayi went to the farm at about 6:00a.m. and found his killer there.

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“It was in an attempt to arrest him that the suspect shot him with a dane gun in the hips and ran.

“But when the chief did not return home in normal time and the news of his death began to filter out, people started probing into those that went to farm early and that was how some people testified that the suspect was seen going to the farm,” the source added. 

Ajayi's death again highlights the cost in having a farm in Nigeria. 

First the farmer will have to consider fencing his farm and securing it with barbed wire to stop intruders, which is a huge cost to bear.

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