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The Organising Secretary of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria ,South West , AbdulMumin Ibrahim said his members lost over 300 cows during the attack by Olokemeji villagers in Odeda local government area of Ogun state .
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the violent attack occured on Monday and spread to Tuesday .
It was further gathered that the violence has led to closure of schools in the area while residents have also fled their homes .
They fled their homes following the fear of possible reprisal attack by the aggrieved Fulani herdsmen due to their loss .
PLATFORM TIMES had reported that the violence spark off as a result of killing of a vigilante by Fulani herdsmen in the area .
The villagers reportedly held a Fulani herdsman who was with a lot of food stuff which arose the villagers’ suspicion.
It would be recalled that four Chinese workers and three farmers including a student of Federal University of Agriculture were abducted recently in the area .
While the villagers’ wanted to descend on the suspected kidnappers , he begged to be allowed to make calls to his people who sent his on the erand.
Our correspodent further gathered that shortly after he made the call his people stormed the village with guns , shot a vigilante dead and rescued their colleague .
Apparently angered by the death of one of them , the villagers’ descended on some Fulani herdsmen who were coming back from Oyo state to the village where they had left .
PLATFORM TIMES further gathered that the affected fulani herdsmen were residents of the village but travelled to Oyo state during the dry season .
While counting their loss , Ibrahim lamented that his members lost over 300 cows to the incident .
He said 40 of them were found dead while less than 109 have been recovered including the dead ones .
He however ruled out any reprisal attack by his aggrieved members ,saying, the government has shown interest to relieve them of their loses .
He said the leadership of the association would meet with the affected members on Monday before meeting with the state government to know the extent of the loss .
He said “the findings showed that over 350 cows were missing , over 40 of them were four dead . The live ones found we’re not up to 100.
“The villagers stole many cows . The chased them to the place between Odeda and Bakatari, some ran back to Oyo state ,others ran to Ogun state .
“Like one of them who had 50 cows could find only one .They are still in the bush looking for their lost cows .
“The LG chairman and Baale have asked us to persuade the affected Fulani herdsmen. They said they want peace .
“We are planning to hold a meeting with the affected Fulani .We were asked to beg them not to retaliate .We dont want violence in Ogun state we will compensate them . The governor is trying .”
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state ,DSP, Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed the incident .
He however said policemen have been deployed to the area to forestall any loss of lives and property .
The Transition committee chairman ,Odeda local government ,Bola Lawal said a meeting has been fixed for Monday between the state government and the parties involved .
He also confirmed that the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in the state has been asked to persuade the aggrieved members .
He said “we have talked to them . We are planning to hold a meeting with the state government . We are trying to make peace . We are begging our people and we are begging the Fulani people.”
When asked why schools were shut, Lawal said ” I cannot allow any teacher to stay there when residents have fled . In that situation who is that teacher that will stay to teach ?
He however assured that schools will be reopened before the end of this week.
He said “within this week we will make sure we make peace with the two parties. The police are there and vigilantes are there .
“We have talked to the governor and the government is ready to compensate them.”