Ogun monarch threatens violence, if gov’t fails to tame herdsmen

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…Says Over 8,000 cows deported to his community

Olasunkanmi Akinlotan

The Eselu of eselu in Ogun state, Oba Akintunde Akinyemi, has vowed to release his traditional warriors against the Fulani herdsmen if the government refuses to intervene in their activities in his community in Oja Odan area of Yewa north local government in Ogun state.

The monarch who spoke tough said this on Tuesday, while responding to some protesters who went to his place to report their agony in the hands of the herders.

The monarch said the herders returned to the community in their large numbers after the Benin republic soldiers vent their anger on them over the boarder closure and sent them packing from their country.

According to the monarch, the herders however resolved to settle in Eselu, Oja odan and it environs with over 8,000 cattle feeding on the farmland of the people.

The Eselu however appeal to the government to intervene and let the fulani herdsmen leave the community immediately before things goes out of hands.

He said, ” Well, my people are here today to agitate against the abuse, killings, destruction of crops by the Fulani herdsmen in our community. It is surprising to me to see my people , representatives of different communities where we have over 26,000 voters protesting this morning.

” Ever since I have been on the throne, this has always been a problem we have been trying to tame, but, because of the stubbornness of this herdsmen, it has became so difficult to tame them.

” The problem have become more tedious because many of them are now from Benin republic and Niger! We can’t take it anymore. The soldiers in republic of Benin have chased them out and they have now seen our community as an alternative at the expense of the peace of our people in our land.

” They are now destroying our crops raping our women, maiming our men among others. So, as a matter of fact, I have to employ an appeal to the government to please come to the aid of our people as a matter of urgency.”

Speaking on his effort in curtailing the menace of the Fulani herdsmen, the monarch said he has once secured an interlocutory injunction against the herders but they refused to honour nor adhere to the ruling of the court.

” We have sometimes gotten an interlocutory injunction against this herders and our lawyer wrote the commissioner of police to enforce the verdict of the court but, at a meeting they told us that they can’t restrain the fulanis because they are Nigerians.

“We have our own warriors too, this is ketu, we are warriors our forefathers took over this place through war and if they can face the war then, we still have the generation of the unraised in our jungles and if the government refuse to intervene we would be forced to swing into action to defend our land and people without mincing words.”

Speaking to Journalists at the sideline of the protest, a victim whose farmland was destroyed, Kushoro Michael, recount his ordeals saying the herders have destroyed over ten hecters of his cassava farmland hence, begged for government’s intervention.

” I have 100 hecters of cassava plantation but the herders have destroyed about ten hecters and I have complained countless of times.

” Many people have lost their lives, the herders do nothing but havoc. Initially they were friendly but since 2007 they started wrecking havoc.

” We can’t take it again, the government should please wade in quickly before it turned into war “.

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