Ogun State police command said it had begun a manhunt for attackers of village head of Seriki village, Ismail Adasofunjo in Alabata, Odeda Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi who spoke with our correspondent confirmed the incident.
Suspected herdsmen had on Thursday night invaded the village and reportedly hacked the community’s 76-year-old leader.
The attackers reportedly invaded the village around 8:00pm, wreaking havoc including inflicting deep machete cuts on Adasofunjo’s head.
The 76-year-old man was attacked following his wife’s alleged failure to sell cigarettes to two herders on Thursday night.
He was later rushed to a nearby hospital after he had gone into a coma.
Three days after the incident, our correspondent gathered that the septuagenarian had come out of the coma and was set to be discharged from the hospital as at Sunday.
Oyeyemi, while speaking on the incident, said the police were aware and had begun moves to unravel the perpetrators of the heinous act.
He said “The man (victim) is recuperating in the hospital and we have commenced an investigation into the incident.
“We are going to get them; we are closing in on them and as soon as we get them, we will tell the public.
“We are closing in on them, the Area commander had been there. We have partnered the villagers and we are getting useful information about the attackers.”
The Village head of Alabata, Chief Sanusi Waheed told our correspondent that the villagers had given the Fulani in the area an ultimatum to produce the attackers.
Chief Waheed further said there was a joint effort by police, vigilante and some villagers to search for the perpetrators. [PUNCH]