Two herders simply identified as Umar and Ali have absconded after conspiring to steal the 13 cows they were employed to look after in Owode-Egba, Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State.
One Abdulazeez Adebayo, a resident of 14, Azeez Sumonu Street, Kojola Agbowo, UI Ibadan, who identified himself as the Manager of Noble Hurst Global Farm Limited, Itakanna village via Owode-Egba, Ogun State, reported to the Amotekun Corps that the two fleeing herders had stolen 13 cows worth N10.4 million.
The Commandant of the Ogun State Amotekun Corps, David Akinremi, quoted the manager as saying that, “on getting to the farm, he discovered that two (2) herders whose names he gave as Umar and Ali, employed to look after the animals have absconded.”
Akinremi, a retired police commissioner, explained that in the course of preliminary enquiry and based on credible intelligence, the vehicle with which the cows were conveyed was traced and the driver apprehended.
The arrest of the driver, DAILY POST learnt, led Amotekun operatives to a suspect, “who conspired with the two absconded herders to steal the cows and subsequently the buyer in Ogijo abattoir.”
According to Akinremi, the buyer did not only admit receiving the cows, he also confessed selling some to other buyers who are presently at large, it was learnt.
The Commandant added that “other arrested suspects on interrogation also admitted the different roles they played in the commission of the crime,” saying efforts are still being intensified to apprehend the remaining buyers.
Those arrested in connection with the alleged crime include, Jimoh Hammed (25 years), Ganiyu Mukaila (47 years), Ayuba Kazeem (34 years) Oyewole Dauda (46 years) and Ipadeola Afeez (34 years).
They were arrested for alleged conspiracy, stealing and receiving the missing cows.