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Ogun Residents, Farm Owners Lament Over Incessant Herdsmen Attack

The farming communities in Shotubo, Sagamu Local Government of Ogun State have suffered great loss to the incessant attack by people suspected to be Fulani herdsmen who have been continually unleashing
terror on area forcing the habitant to flee their village.

A livestock farmer, Chief Adeosun Daniel who has a big farm settlement in the community was moved to tears while narrating his experience during another attack that was recorded on night of 16th October where
he claimed to have lost properties worth millions of naira.

Chief Adeosun while speaking with newsmen in Ibadan during a meeting convened by South/West Livestock Farmers Association said the crisis started in 2016 after a clash by some farm owners and cattle herders
which led to fatal losses for farmers and habitant of the community.

“The whole trouble started in 2016 when we forcefully drove them from the area after their cows destroyed some cash crops while grazing, and on Tuesday 22 November, these heartless people struck us by attacking Yoda Farm that was owned by Mr. Yekeen Otedola Ajanaku.

“It was the owner of Yoda farm that spearheaded the move to drive them and that was why he became the first target and he left the country after narrowly escaping from the assailants that burnt down his farm
and some houses owned by the residents.

“This last week attack makes it the fourth times they will be invading us and that is why we are calling on the Inspector General of Police to save us” Adeosun noted, as he added that, “The Commissioner of
Police has held a security meeting with the villagers, Fulani herdsmenbut resolutions has not been made”.

Another resident of Shotubo, Adeyemi Olaosebikan also told newsmen that inhabitants of the village in the have deserted their communities following the killings of some indigenes during an attack and the few
people left are now living in panic as the dreaded herdsmen could strike anytime.

 

Written by Olanrewaju Agiri

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