The Kwara State Police Command averted a Christmas Day disaster after it foiled a communal clash between locals and Fulani herdsmen in Pampo village, Afon district, headquarters of the Asa Local Government Area.
The PUNCH reported that the corpse of one herdsman, Yau Ibrahim who went to graze his cattle, was discovered in the bush on Christmas Day by the Fulani leaders in the area.
The development sparked a rage and almost prompted a retaliation on workers of ABC farm in Pampo village.
A video circulating on the internet depicted that a communal clash actually took place on Christmas Day in the state.
Reacting to the viral video, the Kwara Police Public Relations Officer, Ajayi Okasanmi debunked the report.
Okasanmi noted that some operatives were mobilised to the farm to prevent the impending disaster between herdsmen and the people of the community.
He further disclosed that a suspect has been arrested over the killing of Ibrahim and the individual is being interrogated.
He said, “The Kwara State Police Command wishes to inform the public that a WhatsApp message that went viral on Christmas Day to the effect that a large number of unknown gunmen overwhelmed the security at a farm known as ABC Farm and locked up all the workers in the farm security post situated at Elega town, Asa Local Government Area of Kwara State, was untrue and a figment of the imagination of the writer.
“The true story was that on December 25, 2021, at about 10pm, one Alhaji Usman Shehu reported at the Afon Police Station that one Yau Ibrahim, 20, of Elega village via Afon, went out grazing his cattle in the morning. Around 5pm, all the cattle returned to their camp without Yau the herder.
“A search party was organised by his kinsmen to look for him. In the course of the search, his corpse was discovered in the bush with his hands tied to his back and his legs equally tied; he was also found blindfolded with a clothing material.
“The lifeless body was recovered by the police and taken to the hospital for autopsy, while the suspect arrested is currently undergoing interrogation. Discreet investigation into the matter has commenced.
“Meanwhile, the herders suspected that the killers of their brother were among the security men on the farm, hence they went to the farm.
“The quick response by men of the police command averted what could have resulted in a serious confrontation. Calm has since been restored.”