Suspected herdsmen have reportedly killed a member of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), identified as Adejuyigbe Daniel in the Iju community in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The deceased was said to be one of the youths of the town who were searching for a missing farmer, Mr Solomon Akinmeji before he was killed by the bandits in the forest.
The missing farmer, Akinmeji was reportedly abducted by the herdsmen in his farm on Saturday, at Okeji farm settlement in the town.
The youth leader in the town, Mr Ogundeji Ayodeji, while speaking on the incident, said the farmer was abducted on Saturday when he went to his farm while some other men with him escaped with injuries.
He said a search party was assembled, comprising the youths and some members of the OPC in the town on Sunday morning in order to locate the victim.
He disclosed that the search for the missing farmer continued on Tuesday morning, as the groups numbering about 30 moved to the forest in batches, while the late Daniel headed to a separate direction in order to continue his search for the missing farmer
“Daniel fell out of his search group by moving afar to locate the missing farm owner before he was abducted and shot dead by the herders,” the youths leader stated.
He noted that Daniel’s lifeless body was later found at a place where the tent allegedly erected by the herders was located with his legs and hands tied and eyes blindfolded.
He added that the farmer, Akinmeji was still at missing while the remains of the late OPC member had been deposited at the morgue of the General Hospital in the town.
Speaking on the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Tee Leo Ikoro, confirmed the incident, adding that investigation had commenced unravelling the killing of the OPC member and the abduction of the farmer.
He noted that the state Commissioner of Police has ordered a manhunt for the criminals and the rescue of the missing farmer.
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