The farming communities in Lufuwape village, Obafemi Owode Local Government of Ogun State have thrown into chaos following an attack by people suspected to be Fulani herdsmen that invaded a rice farm and leashed terror on area, in a situation appears like a reprisal attack.
A rice farmer and owner of FT Farms, Balogun Fatai Adeyemi who was a major target of the attack was moved to tears while narrating his experience during the outbreak that was recorded on the early hours of 16th January to newsmen where he claimed to have lost properties worth ten million naira.
Balogun while speaking with newsmen in Ibadan during a briefing summoned by South/West Rice Farmers Association (SWRFA) said the crisis started in 2019 after the community rebuffed open grazing within the area which resulted to confrontation between securities employed by some farm owners and cattle herders.
“The whole trouble started in September 2019 when we forcefully drove the cattle herders from the area over their attempts to openly grazing within the farming communities. Their cows destroyed some rice farmland while grazing. But on Thursday 16th January, these heartless people just struck us by attacking my farm (FT Farms) where incidentally I was staying to monitor some projects.
“It took the intervention of the vigilante group in the area before I was narrowly escaped with my wife Balogun Francisca Abosede from the assailants that burnt down my farm and some houses owned by the residents in the village.
“This last week attack makes it the second times they will be fomenting trouble and that is why we are calling on the Inspector General of Police to save us” Balogun noted, as he added that, “The Police has stationed their vehicle in the community, but most habitants have deserted the area for the safety of their lives”.
Another resident of Lufuwape village, Adeyemi Olaosebikan also affirmed to newsmen that inhabitants of the village in the have deserted their communities following the killings of some indigenes during the attack and the few people left are now living in panic as the dreaded herdsmen could strike anytime.