Fulani Herdsmen Invade Ogun Village, Slaughter One, Leave Several Others Injured
Information on the website of the Sun Newspaper has it that nomadic Fulani herdsmen invaded the border town of Oja-Odan in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State on Friday, killing a farmer and injuring dozens of others. The daring herdsmen allegedly slaughtered one Agbaose Sewotan after invading his farmlands and destroying his food and cash crops. An elder brother of the deceased, Mr. Oluwole Sewontan, said the incident occurred in the evening of Friday. According to him, “This is not the first time that our natives were slaughtered like cows on our own soil with impunity. My dear brother was killed simply because he protested the invasion of his farmland by the herdsmen.”
Sewontan added: “not less than forty people, including males and females, were killed over the years and our law enforcement agencies have not been able to bring the culprits to book.” The attack is coming barely one month after a socio-cultural group, Ketu Advancement Front, alerted the state government of the perennial crisis which it said normally happens during the dry season within Ketu communities. The leader of the group, Mr. Lasisi Adewole, said the Ketu communities, which comprise 30 villages had often come under severe attacks by the Fulani herdsmen operating between the boarders of Nigeria and Benin Republic.
Adewole also said that efforts so far made to ensure that the Nigeria Police, State security Service (SSS) and the state government put in place adequate security measures in the area had been fruitless. Meanwhile, reacting to the incident, the Chairman of Yewa North Local government, Hon Tajudeen Alani, assured that the government would look into the matter with a view to preventing future occurrence.