A farmer identified as Livinus Michael Eweje who resides at Oloru Village in Ogun state has allegedly killed his cousin for reporting him to his employer.
The farmer, 27, who has been detained by the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, SCIID, of the Ogun State Police command according to a report by Vanguard committed the offence on July 21, 2021.
The cousin, Emmanuel Eba, was confirmed dead at General hospital in the Odeda area of the state.
Narrating the unfortunate event, Eweje said; “I am from Obi Local government area of Benue state.
“After I dropped out of school , I became a full time farmer. My parents are farmers and we were born and brought up in Ogun state.
“Later, I started my own farm. I cultivate yam, cassava, tomatoes and pepper. I also help other farmers for a fee. We collect as much N50,000 to clear at least five plots of land.
“Emmanuel was my paternal relative. We grew up together in Oloru village.Our relationship was smooth until a few months back when I started hearing rumors that I was not clearing my client’s farmland properly.
“Normally when one gets a contract to clear a field or weed, the owner pays an advance fee. I later realized that my contractors started insisting that I finish the entire work before I get paid.
”Even when I argued that it was not possible because I needed to feed and pay for transport, they insisted. I later found out that it was Emmanuel that was busy spreading falsehood against me.
“I confronted him and even reported him to our elders. I thought he would stop but he didn’t
“When I got another job, the owner reluctantly paid me N10,000 advance for a job that would take up to a week to finish.
“I went ahead to clear the farmland. But when I called the owner who is based in Abuja for my balance, he told me he won’t pay me the balance until he comes in person to inspect the work.
“When I demanded to know why, he said Emmanuel had warned him about me.“I was so angry.
“I rushed home, met Emmanuel and confronted him. Instead of apologising, he started laughing.
“I told him to go and retract his statement about me if he wanted peace. He continued laughing, saying he would not.
“I lost my cool because that was the only means of survival for me. We started fighting. I beat him up thoroughly.
“People around later separated us but by then he was panting. I ran away when I noticed that he was lying on the grass and still breathing like someone about to die.
“They took him to the general hospital. I was in the farm, when I heard people crying that Emmanuel was dead.
“I was devastated and I knew that if I showed up I would be lynched. I hid in the forest that day until it was dark.
“I sneaked into my room through the window and took some clothes and the only cash left in my house.
“I ran to my brother’s house in Sango and told him what happened. He was the one that took me to the police station the next day.
”I am sorry and I beg for forgiveness. I know that I cannot bring back the dead. I only wanted to teach him a lesson”.