Three suspected herdsmen have been arrested by the police in Ogun State for inflicting machete injury on a farmer, Ige Orisade.
The trio of Mohammed Bello, Yisau Umoru and Mohammed Bello are being held for attempted murder and unlawful possession of firearms.
Abimbola Oyeyemi, police spokesman for the command said the suspects attacked the victim at his farm in Imedu, Oke-Odo via Oja Odan in Yewa North Area of the State.
Orisade, Oyeyemi said, was attacked for daring to challenge the herdsmen after their cattle grazed and destroyed his farm crops.
The PPRO said the herdsmen immediately escaped into the bush from where they were flushed out with a combined effort of police and officers or vigilance service.
Oyeyemi said one AK 49 riffle with serial number 513, forty nine 0.8mm life ammunition, 26 live cartridges and two sharp cutlasses were recovered from the herdsmen.
He said, “The trio of Mohammed Bello, Muhammed Momoh, and Yisau Umoru were arrested following an information received by the Police that one Ige Orisade ‘m’ was attacked and severely wounded by the herdsmen in his Imedu farm Oke-Odo via Oja-Odan.
“He confronted them to know the reason why they allow their cattle to graze on his farm thereby destroyed his farms’ crops.
“An argument ensued in the process and the herdsmen macheted him severally before they escaped into the nearby bush.
“On the strength of the information, the Area Commander Ilaro, Titus Musa dispatched team of Policemen to the scene and the bush was thoroughly combed in conjunction with local vigilante at the end of which the three suspects were arrested.
“Efforts are on to apprehend other suspects and to recover other arms from them.”
Oyeyemi said Ahmed Iliyasu, Ogun State Police Commissioner has ordered immediate transfer of the suspects to FSARS for discreet investigation.
According to him, the police chief has also ordered that the fleeing members of the gang must be hunted for and brought to book while assuring residents of the State of adequate security at all time.