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Published On: Sun, Oct 5th, 2014

I killed my master because of a cow – Herdsman

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A 20-year-old herdsman, Abubakar Mohammed, currently cooling his heels at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Iyaganku, Ibadan, in Oyo state Police Command, has confessed to killing his master because he refused to fulfill his promise to give him a cow after serving him for a period of time, saying that the master sacked him about six weeks to the date he was supposed to fulfill the promise.

Mohammed was arrested by policemen from Saki Division in Oke Ogun area of Oyo State after he clubbed his master, one Aliu Umaru (25) to death while sleeping. The incident occurred at Sani-Sala village via Saki, in Oke Ogun area of the state on September 17, 2014.

One Alhaji Abubakar Dikko of the same village had reported at Saki police station on September 18 at about 12.50a.m. that his younger brother, Umaru was killed by Mohammed and one Sidi at a cattle camp, a few kilometers away from the village.

Alhaji Dikko told the police that Mohammed’s action was based on a minor argument between him and his master the previous day. The police were also informed that the suspect went away with one of the cows of his master. Acting on the information, the policemen were said to > have gone in search of Mohammed, and with the help of vigilance group members of the community, he was located and arrested with the cow.

Aliu Umaru reportedly met Mohammed at Ilesa-Baruba, a border community between Oyo and Kwara states on June 9, 2014 and contracted him to rear cows for him. Before ohammed started working for his master, Crime Reports learnt that Umaru showed him a cow which he said would become his own after five months of working for him.

But the deceased was said to have breached the agreement when, after three months and two weeks, he asked Mohammed to leave by paying him off with peasantry amount.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Okuwobi-Ilobanafor, confirmed the story, saying that the suspect would be charged to court after investigations(NAN)


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