Residents of the four communities who were reportedly sacked in Ondo State on Sunday following an alleged invasion by some Fulani herdsmen have called on the government of Ondo State to come to their aid as they’ve become helpless and could no longer sleep with their two eyes closed.
Our source visited the affected communities to ascertain the level of damages. He reported normalcy has returned to the communities
The affected communities are Olotin Adejubu, Olondan and Jojo, all along Ala-Igbatoro Road, in the Akure North Local Government Area of the state.
NEWS FLAKES NG observes that there were no traces of burnt buildings as earlier reported and also the residents, who raised the alarm and the alleged Fulani herdsmen were found in the villages.
Mr. Joseph Eneojo said some herdsmen allegedly invaded their villages on reprisal as the residents of the affected communities had chased them away from grazing on their farmlands.
Mr. Denis Joseph, and Bankole Ojo who spoke in pidgin English explained that, “the Fulani people usually destroy our farms and other villagers, them go pack their cows go inside our farms. For the past five years now, all our efforts to plant cassava, maize yam, cocoyam na waist of time ooooo.
“Watin happen be say, last week, the Fulani people come again to graze and the villagers chased them away but on Sunday night, them come in large numbers and chased us out of the villages. Since that day now, we no fit sleep again ooooo”.
They confirmed that there was no life lost in the attack, but many buildings were allegedly destroyed by the herdsmen.
Mr. Idoko Joseph, John Ebijo and other residents, faulted the activities of Fulani herders in the area, saying the farmers had lost their farm crops to the herdsmen, who usually invade their farmlands in the night and allow their cows to graze on the crops.
According to Mr. Idoko, “all the maize way I take N80,000 plant this year, the Fulani cows don finish am. And I get children to feed. Sebi na government advice us say make we go they farm? We reach here now, Fulani people no allow us rest! Abeg make U help us tell Akeredolu make him help us ooooo”.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Tee-Leo Ikoro, said he had not been briefed about the incident but promised to get back to our reporter. (Accurate News)