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Herdsmen Clash With Police in Oyo, Kill Officer In charge of SARS

Suspected Fulani herdsmen have killed the Officer-in-charge of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) in Saki, Oyo State.

The officer, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), whose name was not disclosed by the Command, was said to have been macheted to death by the suspected Fulani herdsmen during an operation in a forest around Saki-Ogboro Road in Oke Ogun area.

The incident is coming barely two weeks after the Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, and other top officers held a stakeholders meeting to address crises between farmers and herdsmen.

The meeting was held at the Eleyele Headquarters of the Command in Ibadan.

The Nation reports that a source, who pleaded anonymity, a combined team of police officers and SARS operatives arrested some suspected Fulani herdsmen on the ground of disturbing public peace a day earlier, but the men were ambushed by another gang of herdsmen during another attempt to arrest two other suspects.

The development has led to fear in Saki and its environs.

Police spokesman Adekunle Ajisebutu, who confirmed the incident said four suspects had been arrested in connection with the death of the officer.