Farmers and residents of the local government area of Oyo State in Ikoyi-Ile in Orire have vowed to fight back alleged herdsmen causing havoc within their group.
It came after the suspected herdsmen and farmers clashed in the city, an incident that resulted in two women being raped, the hand of one farmer severed while other residents suffered serious injuries.
The development has been reported by the secretary of the council’s Idera Agbe Farmers Association, Chief Joseph Oyekola, in a statement to newsmen.
Narrating the disturbing events caused by the suspected herdsmen, Oyekola, who doubles as the Babalaje Agbe in the local government told newsmen that: “We don’t know what to do because if we take any step or revenge, it might lead to bloodshed. Herdsmen cut off the hand of one of our workers working on the farm, they destroyed our farm products. Another farmer was macheted on the head while others were injured, and two of our minors were also raped.”
Another farmer who gave his name as Usman Daudu, disclosing his ordeal with the herdsmen, told authorities that the herders had also destroyed his farm products. According to him, the herdsmen destroyed 20 hectares of its farmland planted with maize, yam and tomatoes. ask sports questions earn cash
He said, “They have not stopped the attack on our farm, we have pleaded with them several times yet they didn’t yield to our plea. They are ‘Bororo’ Fulani because the Fulani that have been living with us never had any issue with us.”
For his part, while reacting to the incident, the area’s ruler and Ikoyi-Ile’s Onikoyi, Oba Abdul-Yekeen Oladipupo, told reporters that he has tried his best to maintain peaceful coexistence between the local farmers and herders. He said clashes between farmers and herders aren’t restricted to the region.
“We have tried to resolve the issue many times because it is difficult to separate farmers and herders. We have been living together for a while,” said Oladipupo.
He added, “I have taken a lot of steps in the matter so as to find a lasting solution to it but it seems my efforts are not sufficient to achieve the goal. So, we need government intervention in the matter.
“I’ve had series of meetings with all the Baales (family heads) around me to find solution to the issue. In fact, I even had meetings with the Assistant Inspector General of Police (Zone 11) in Osogbo together with the Commissioner of Police, and the police assured of coming to our aid.”Oladipupo added.
He urged the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, House of Assembly and security agencies to look into addressing the events his people are resolving to self-help, adding that he is not seeking bloodshed in the city again.