Some suspected Fulani herdsmen have again attacked the farm of a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Olu Falae, at Ilado village, in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State, destroying crops worth millions of naira.
Publicity Secretary of pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, said this in Akure after a monthly meeting of the association held at the residence of the leader of the group, Mr Reuben Fasoranti, on Tuesday.
Odumakin, who read the communique of the group to journalists, accused the Federal Government of showing no concern for the incessant attacks of the Fulani herdsmen on the people of the South-West and the Middle-Belt of the country.
He said, “We are worried about the renewed onslaught of Fulani herdsmen on Yoruba land. Recently, a Permanent Secretary of Osun origin, Mrs. Funke Kolawole, was killed on Okene-Lokoja Road on her way to Abuja.
“Also, another 72-year-old woman was recently gang-raped in the Odigbo area of Ondo State and the hoodlums have yet to be brought to book. Of course, Mr Olu Falaye, whose farm has become a source of attacks by the Fulani herdsmen, only yesterday (Monday) came under a renewed attack with policemen on his farm shot at by these Fulani herdsmen.
“We are aggrieved that the Federal Government has continued to turn the other eye while the herdsmen continue their unlawful activities in the country, especially the southern Nigeria and the Middle-Belt.”
The association called on the governors of the South-West to emulate the Ekiti State Government and ensure that they put in place appropriate laws to deal with activities of herdsmen in the region.
Personal Assistant to Chief Falae, Captain Moshood Raji (retd.) confirmed the incident, saying many crops were destroyed.
Raji said, “They attacked Baba’s (Falae) farm and destroyed crops there. We have reported to the police.”