The Ogun State Police Command on Wednesday arrested three herdsmen for attempted murder and unlawful possession of an AK-49 rifle.
The suspects Mohammed Bello (40), Muhammed Momoh (30) and Yisau Umoru (18) were apprehended following a tip off from one Ige Orisade who was attacked and injured by the herdsmen.
The victim was attacked on his farm at Oke-Odo, Oja-Odan, after an argument ensued between him and the herdsmen.
It was gathered that the herdsmen attacked the farmer with machete when he confronted them to know the reason they allowed their cattle to graze on his farm, destroying his farm crops in the process.
The state Police Public Relations, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirming the incident said an argument ensued between the farmer and the herdsmen, adding that the herdsmen subsequently attacked him with machetes and escaped.
The items recovered from the suspects are one AK-49 rifle, with serial number, 513; 49 live ammunition, 26 live cartridges and two machetes.
“On the strength of this information, the Area Commander, Ilaro, Titus Musa, dispatched a team of policemen to the scene and the bush was thoroughly combed in conjunction with local vigilance group.
“At the end of the search, the three herdsmen were arrested.
“The items recovered from the suspects are one AK-49 rifle, with serial number, 513; 49 live ammunition, 26 live cartridges and two machetes”, he said.
The PPRO added that the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, ordered immediate transfer of the suspects from the division to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad for further investigation.
However, efforts to arrest other suspects at large was still ongoing.