For the second time in six months, Fulani herdsmen invaded the farm of a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, Chief Olu Falae, killing one of his Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC security guards. The herdsmen numbered about ten this time.
It would be recalled that five Fulani herdsmen are currently standing trial at the state High Court over the kidnap of Chief Falae in October last year.
The state government had to cough out N5m to pay as ransom to the kidnappers before the politician was released by his abductors.
The identity of the dead OPC member could not be ascertained last night.
Here is how the Vanguard reported the story:
The herdsmen stormed the farm located at Ilado in Akure North area of Ondo state and kidnapped the security guard. His corpse was later discovered few days ago inside a pool of water which is few kilometers to the farm. Saturday Vanguard gathered that the herdsmen invaded the farm last weekend and they were restricted by the security guards engaged by the politician following incessant invasion of the farm.
The herdsmen, according to sources, retreated only to surface again and reportedly kidnapped one of the security guards on the farm. We learnt that the matter was reported at the state police command and a search party was organized following which his corpse was discovered days later.
The state police command which had sent out invitation for a Press briefing to newsmen in the state yesterday abruptly cancelled it. Commissioner of Police, Hilda Harrison did not give any reason for the cancellation of the media briefing. But sources at the state Police Command said that the assignment may have been halted because the Commissioner had no approval from the Inspector General of Police.
The Police spokesman, Femi Joseph, declined comment on the recent attack and killing of the security guard of the former Finance Minister. Joseph said that all the questions should be directed to the Police Commissioner. Also, the Personal. Assistant to chief Falae, Moshood Raji said that the matter was a criminal matter and would be handled by the state Police Command . Raji said he could not comment on the development because the police were still investigating the matter.