A farm labourer has allegedly hacked 75 year old farmer, Olusegun Oyadele, and a police officer identified as Mr Abidoun Omotehinse to death in Ondo State.
Both men were killed at a farm settlement in the Onipetesi area of Ondo town.
LEADERSHIP gathered that the slain policeman was attached to Enu Owa Divisional Police Station in Ondo.
The suspected whose real name was not known as at press time, is known as “At All At All”. He was however arrested by the police authorities following a manhunt after he escaped the crime scene.
Local farmers in the settlement who hinted reporters about the incident said that there was “no argument” between the labourer and the farmer prior to the fight.
They added that the incident was immediately reported to the police upon realisation that it was getting out of hand.
One of them, who pleaded not to be named, said the rampaging labourer went berserk when the policemen arrived the scene.
“The labourer, we learnt hails from Akwa Ibom State. He stormed into the farm land of the old man and began to fight him before he hacked him to death on the chest.
“But while the fight was going, we rushed to the police station and called their attention to it but on returning he threatened to kill everyone.
“One of the policemen who followed us on the rescue mission was hacked to death by the labourer who subsequently ran into the forest,” the eye witness said.
Police Spokesman in Ondo State, Femi Joseph, while confirming the incident to journalists in Akure yesterday said the suspect, after killing the policeman attacked four other officers who joined the raid.
He disclosed that the suspect was arrested inside a forest in Takunle Village in the Bolorunduro area of the town.
“One of the settlers in the farm, Veronica Ayodele came to the police station to report the incident and four of our officers went to the farm.
“But in an attempt to arrest him, he became charged with his matchete and killed one of our officers who came to effect his arrest on the farm”. Mr. Joseph stated on phone.
He added that the Commissioner of Police, Gbenga Adeyanju, had earlier visited the settlement to fish out the suspect who had taken refuge in the forest.
“The suspect was nabbed with the assistance of the vigilante group in the area around 3am on Sunday after searching for him for about 13 hours.”
Joseph added that the remains of the slained policemen has been deposited in the mortuary while four injured officers are currently receiving treatment at a hospital.