Masquerade Kills 1 Fulani Herdsman In Ondo, Suspects Arrested – Police
Tragedy again struck in Ogbagi Akoko in Akoko North West Local Government area of Ondo State four days after a farmer killed a fulani herdsman at Imo Arigidi during an Egungun festival when a young man was matcheted and rushed to the hospital where he was confirmed dead.
The victim, who was a son of a blacksmith, simply called Emmanjolo, was from another quarter of the town, Uwore.
We reliably informed that the festival was in progress at Ekigun Street when followers of the masquerade had a quarrel with the deceased.
According to a source, the misunderstanding degenerated and led to the followers of the masquerade using cutlass on the victim.
When our reporter got to the residence of the deceased, many people were seen sympathising with the father who was still in shock and speechless.
The police in Ogbagi Akoko said that the culprits had been arrested and transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Akure for necessary actions and further investigations.
Meanwhile, as part of efforts to douse tension, anxiety and reprisal attacks by Fulanis over the death of a 26-year-old Fulani shot dead by a farmer at Imo Arigidi Akoko farm over the weekend, series of meetings and consultations were made with stakeholders to bring lasting peace to the issue.
The meeting was held at the instance of the Special Assistant on Hausa /Fulani Matters to Governor Akeredolu, Alhaji Bala Umar at Isua Akoko.
Bala told the gathering of Hausa/ Fulani community of the need to make peace with their host communities and channel their grievances through appropriate quarters and resist putting the law into their hands.
He noted that the leadership of Hausa/ Fulanis particulally Myettiallah cattle association are after their welfare.
At Ikare and Arigidi Akoko where the ugly incident occurred, Bala appealed to the bereaved famly to see the sudden death as act of Allah, but he reassured them that justice will be done as the police high command has commenced investigation into the matter.
Responding, the Seriki Hausawa /Fulani in Akokoland, Alhaj Halidu Angulu commended Governor Akeredolu for appointing a special assistant among them who will be a liaison officer between them and the state government.
Alhaji Angulu commended the efforts of Alhaji Bala in making peaceful co-existence between the Hausa/fulanis and their host communities possible.