A middle-aged man has reportedly killed a farmer as well as a police officer in Ondo State.
The incident occurred in Onipetesi camp settlement in Ondo West Local Government Area of the state.
The alleged killer, who has been apprehended by the men of the Ondo State Police Command, was said to have macheted the septuagenarian, Olusegun Oyadele to death. He thereafter killed the police officer, Abiodun Omotehinse who was called to effect his arrest.
It was gathered that the suspect, also a farmer, simply identified as “At all at all”, hacked the farmer to death in the early hours of Saturday while the old man was trying to dry his cocoa seeds.
According to an eyewitness, who confirmed that there was no altercation between the suspect and the deceased, the incident happened around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, after which a report was made at the police station.
“He caught the old man unaware and matcheted him severally before he gave up.
“He also threatened to kill more people, after he had killed Oyadele who hailed from Ile-Ife in Osun State,” the source said.
Confirming the development, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Femi Joseph, stated that policemen from Enu Owa police station mobilised to the scene of the incident after the case was reported at the station.
“Our men visited the scene of the incident but in an attempt to arrest the suspect, he matcheted and killed one of the officers..
“Four other people from the community were also attacked and matcheted in the process.”
The PPRO emphasised that after the attack on the police officers, the state Commissioner of Police, Gbenga Adeyanju led officers of the command to the settlement to effect the suspect’s arrest, as he had escaped into a forest reserve.
He said it took the search party over 18 hours to arrest the suspect who was moving from one place to another.
“He was nabbed by the police with the assistance of the vigilante group in the area around 3am on Sunday after combing the expansive forest.
“We tracked him to the forest around Tekunle village in Bolorunduro Local Government of the state.”
He, however, stated that the body of the slain police officer had been deposited at the morgue while the four men attacked are currently receiving treatment.
The PPRO also said the suspect, who would be arraigned after investigation, was receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.