Farmer allegedly killed in Osun after confrontation with illegal miners

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Uba Group

BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO

Detectives of Osun State Police Command have arrested three suspected illegal miners for allegedly killing one Ezekiel Ajewole over illegal mining activities on his land.

Investigations revealed that those arrested are now being interrogated by the State Criminal Investigations Department to unravel their involvement in the alleged killing.

Ajewole, who owned a farm at Iberekodo in Atakunmosa West Local Government Area of the state was said to have confronted the suspects after encroaching on his farmland and forced him out in order to extract gold from the land.

The elder brother of the deceased, wole Ajewole was quoted by a top police officer who preferred anonymity as saying that the deceased’s farm had often been invaded by illegal miners allegedly working for Messrs Sunday Aluko and Ojo Olowookere.

The source added that the deceased was shot dead by his assailants when he confronted and challenged them to stop the illegal mining activities on his farmland.

“Mr.Taiwo Ajewole was killed by these illegal miners on his farm at Odo-Oko stream in Iberekodo-Ijesa Village, Ward 02, Atakunmosa West Local Government,” the source added.

Speaking on the development, the Public Relations Officer of the police command, Yemisi Opalola, confirmed the incident and said investigations had commenced on the matter.

She added that SCID of the command is on top of the case and that it perpetrators would face justice.