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“We Will Resist Another Herdsmen Attack on Falae”



Piqued by frequent attacks on the farms of a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae by suspected herdsmen, his kinsmen in Akure kingdom on Tuesday warned that such continuous attacks on him could lead to unnecessary ethnic conflict.

Addressing journalists at the palace of Deji of Akure on behalf of the community, the Nigerian former Ambassador to Greece and Asiwaju of Akure kingdom , Professor Olu Agbi said the community was disturbed that, “despite the attacks and killings, the law enforcement agents seemed to be helpless in dealing with this menace.”

The community also rejected the proposed introduction of cattle colonies by the federal government, saying they will resist another attack on Falae.

Agbi noted that federal government and its security agencies should be bold enough to tackle excesses of herdsmen in the country in the interest of national security and unity.

“We are disturbed by these reports more so that Akure before the recent events has been peaceful. We accommodate people irrespective of their tribes, cultures, social status or creeds,” he said.

He added, “That the accommodating nature of the community has been taken for granted as these herdsmen who are not indigenes of the community and unleashed terror on the residents with reckless abandonment.

“Non-Yoruba speaking people and other ethnic groups living among us will attest to the fact that Akure people are loving and very accommodating. We have Sabo in the heart of Akure. There is Shasha market where people of northern stock trade without hindrance.

“In our farmlands, we welcome non-indigenes to reside without being discriminated against and this made it possible for non-indigenes to bag chieftaincy titles in our communities.

“Apart from killing of hapless people, these herdsmen have made residents to live in fear especially those who reside in our farm settlements.

“This, we insist, must stop. We are disturbed that despite the attacks and killings, the law enforcement agents seemed to be helpless in dealing with this menace. We are uncertain who may likely be their next target as these hoodlums have been going from one place to another attacking harmless people and destroying farmlands.

Agbi, however, called on law enforcement agencies to put in place strategies that will stop herdsmen from grazing on farmlands in the Ondo state capital and its environs.

On the proposed cattle colonies, the Elemo of Akureland, High Chief Segun Adedipe said Akure people would not be ready to release their land for cattle colonies since it was a private business, advising government to ensure individuals who own cows to establish ranches.

The High Chief noted that Akure community would be forced to device traditional means to defend its people in their respective farms.

Also, the president of Akure Youths, Mr Tuyi Adekanbi expressed displeasure that security agents had allowed herdsmen to take over farms in the Ondo state capital despite regular security alarms raised by residents.