The commander of a team of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Oyo state is dead
– Sheu Magu was reportedly killed by armed herdsmen in Ogbooro community in Oyo state
– Residents in the area say the herdsmen have been terrorising them for a long time
The commander of a team of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), in Oyo state, Sheu Magu, has been killed by herdsmen, Vanguard reports.
According to the report, the SARS commander was killed when he and his men tried disarming the herdsmen, who residents in the area say have been terrorising them.
The team of policemen were said to have acted on a tip-off and moved to disarm the herdsmen, but they were resisted with gunshots which killed the commander.
A source told Vanguard: “The killing of Supol Sheu has made the issue a story. Before now, attacking women, especially in the evening and night, robbing and rapi*g them is not news around here.
“The Bororo herdsmen have always been notorious for that. They use their AK-47 to guard their cattle during the day and use it to commit nefarious activities at night.
“The Superintendent of Police was a very nice, gentle and well-behaved officer. He used to relate with civilians in a very civil manner. His death is very sad. With this, I believe the security operatives will take the issue of herdsmen’s attacks and robbery more seriously.”
Another source said it actually started on Tuesday, February 6, when policemen visited a village to investigate a criminal charge against one of the herdsmen, but later turned violent.
He said: “Saki is boiling now. OPC, police and other brave people in Saki are in the bush as we speak, hunting for the herdsmen. The whole thing started when police arrested one of the herdsmen for robbery in Saki.
“On getting to the village, the informant that led the team was reportedly attacked first and killed. One of those that escaped told us the herdsmen used their cows to surround them before attacking.”
Reacting to the incident, Oyo state public relations officer, SP Adekunle Ajisebutu, said: “It is true that an officer of ours was murdered. We have arrested four suspects and we are already investigating them.”
Meanwhile, a conglomerate of Igbo associations around the globe known as Global Igbo Alliance (GIA), has rejected the planned imposition of cattle colony on states by the Federal Government of Nigeria, warning the South-east governors against accepting such initiatives in Igbo land.
In an open letter to governors of the region, signed by its president and secretary, the group lamented that herdsmen, who are currently number four in the world terrorist index are being treated with kid gloves, even as they continued to kill Nigerians in their hundreds.