A middle age woman has been hacked to death after her farm was invaded by suspected Fulani herdsmen at Arodoye community, in Akure South local government area of Ondo state .
The herdsmen was also said to have dismembered the woman’s body with machete, after destroying over 200 acres of farmlands in the area.
Briefing journalists in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Thursday, a Customary Court of Appeal judge in the state, Justice Michael Owoyemi, lamented the incessant invasion of the herdsmen on their farms.
Owoyemi ,on behalf other farmers, listed some of the farm produces destroyed by the herdsmen to include, Cassava, cocoyams, yams, vegetables while some part of cocoa farm was set on fire.
He traced the genesis of the invasion to December 2016 when the herdsmen harvested most of the farm produce during the Christmas /New Year break.
According to him, “The herdsmen also returned last December destroying over 5,000 heaps of cassava in my farm. They took the advantage of the break and brought their cattle and uprooted the cassava to feed their cows.
“We have reported the herdsmen to the security agents in the past and also to the traditional ruler of Akure, Deji of Akureland, Oba Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo who promised to wade into the matter.
“The herdsmen are determined to send the farmers out of the farm in the south west unless steps are taken by the concerned authorities, hence it will degenerate to ethnic clashes in the south west. What they have destroyed in a twinkle of an eye is worth million of Naira”
While speaking on the implications of the development, Justice Owoyemi, said with the incessant invasion of herdsmen on farms in the area, “people will be sent out of the farm, this will affect food production in the South west.
“Some people depend on farming while some people are destroying these farms, this will not encourage farming. Most of these people here depend on the farm produce to cater for their family and send their children to school.”
He however disclosed that the farmers had petition the state governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, Security agencies and the Ministry of Agriculture to intimate them on the havoc wreck on farmlands in the area.
Another victim of the invasion , Victory Oweh, said he lost over ten acres to the herdsmen and their cows, saying, the herdsmen also set his farm on fire after destroying his farm.
Oweh said, “we are just respecting the law of the land and trying not to take law into our hands. We have been reporting them to the security agents with no positive results.
“I cannot imagine working all through the year and some herdsmen and their cattle will invade our farms to destroy all my labour in just one day.
“Ondo state government should follow the steps taken by the Ekiti state government by enacting laws to curb the activities of the herdsmen in the state. We are calling on the state government and security agents in the state before taking laws into our hands.”
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