Physically challenged man arrested for killing farmer in Ekiti

The police in Ekiti State have begun an investigation into the killing of a farmer, simply identified as Sikiru, on his farmland, allegedly by a deaf and dumb man.

Sources said that the incident occurred late on Tuesday at Ipole Farm Settlement, Agbado Ekiti, in the Gbonyin Local Government Area of the state.

The sources alleged on Wednesday that the deaf and dumb, identified as Alabi, stole the victim’s farm produce and attacked him when the farmer challenged him.

According to them, fellow farmers caught Alabi in the act and apprehended him.

A source said, “The deaf and dumb man had on the fateful day gone to Sikiru’s farm to steal some farm produce.

“When Sikiru challenged him on why he had been stealing his farm produce over time, he became violent and attacked the farmer with a deep machete cut on his neck, with the head almost falling off.

“It was the agonising cry of the farmer, who was already dying and drenched in his own blood, that attracted other farmers to the scene. They rounded the deaf and dumb up and later called the police.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, who confirmed the incident and the arrest of the suspect, said police had begun investigations into the incident.

Abutu said, “The suspect has been arrested and transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation. The suspect will be charged to court on the conclusion of the investigation”.

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