Residents of Igangan in the Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State are gripped by fear over the alleged killing of a 65 – year- old farmer , Bashiru Akinlotan .
Some residents told our correspondent on Thursday that Akinlotan was strangulated to death and his killers set fire to his cocoa plantation .
His corpse was found around 5 . 30 pm on Wednesday some 20 metres away from his farm . He was reportedly buried on Wednesday night after the incident was reported at the police .
The Secretary of Farmers ’ Union , Taiwo Adeagbo , popularly known as Akowe Agbe, when contacted told our correspondent that he led those who reported the case to the DPO at Igangan Police Station .
Adeagbo said , “We met him dead around 5 . 30 pm about 20 metres away from his 12 – acre cocoa plantation .
“ Bashiru Akinlotan was about 65 years of age . We reported to lgangan Police Station , the corpse was released for burial by 8 pm.
“ He must have been strangulated and his farm was burnt . So this shows that our area is not yet safe . ”
But the Commandant of Amotekun in Oyo State , Col. Olayinka Olayanju ( retd . ) , When contacted said the man was not killed by herdsmen .
He said he probably died as a result of suffocation while trying to put out the fire on his farm .
Olayanju said , ” Autopsy would have revealed the cause of his death but his family have since buried him . ”