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HERDSMEN CRISIS: Bloodbath In Ogun Community As Herders Retaliate Sunday Igboho’s Eviction.
Over a week after the Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo (aka Sunday Igboho) visited Ogun State to chase away Fulani herdsmen from Igua, the herders are said to have retaliated.
It was gathered that the herdsmen invaded Owode Ketu community, attacking the villagers around 5am on Thursday.
Confirming the incident, the House of Assembly member representing Ketu Constituency, Hon Wahab Haruna Abiodun, said in a statement that, “It is so sad that Ketu Constituency is bathing in the blood of constituents.”
According to him, “Fulani herders attacked Owode ketu in Eggua ward and killed no fewer than six people, leaving scores seriously injured.”
The lawmaker said that two other farmers, after being matcheted, were thrown into Yewa River along Eggua road from the bridge.
“This was a reprisal attack by herdsmen as they came in hundreds following the visitation of Sunday Igboho to the area,” he said.
Abiodun called on Governor Dapo Abiodun to instruct the Police Commissioner in Ogun State and other security agents to move swiftly to the area so that the issue will not escalate further, saying “this is the time we need the Amotekun corps to come out and support the Nigeria Police Force.”
The incident is coming barely four days after the killing of a farmer, Dele Olowoniyi, by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Yewa axis of Ogun State,
Recall that a farmer, Delete Olowoniyi was slaughtered in Oha village, Imeko around 1:30am on Sunday.
Ogun Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi did not pick calls put across to his mobile at the time of filing this report.
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Earlier on the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, South West Zone has called on President Mohammadu Buhari to declare the Miyetti Allah Castle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) as a terrorist group, threatening to unleash terror on killer Fulani herdsmen in the region.
The association said this was as a result of the alleged killings, kidnapping, raping and maiming of residents of the South West region by suspected killer-Fulani herdsmen.
In a statement jointly signed by the Chairmen of NANS in Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Oyo States on Wednesday, the students umbrella body in Nigeria warned some Northern leaders and governors to call killer herdsmen to order or face the wrath of students in the South West region.
The student body lamented the rising insecurity in the South West region, following the persistent attacks by herdsmen on Yoruba land, calling on the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to be more proactive in curbing same.
“President Mohammadu Buhari should immediately proscribe the Miyetti Allah Castle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) for shielding killer-Fulani herdsmen and promoting the wanton killings and destruction of property in the South West region.
The association said it has video evidence of Fulani herdsmen killing and maiming in the South West, adding that “we will no longer condone such dastardly acts on our people.
“If the activities of these marauding Falani herdsmen in Yoruba land is not checked by the Federal Government, the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies, we will unleash terror on Fulani herdsmen who are killing our people on a daily basis.
“We are declaring total war on the killer-herdsmen in the South West region. We can no longer fold our arms and watch these criminal elements continue to kill our people.
“We will no longer do nothing while these strangers destroy Yoruba land. We will fight them with everything we have,” the statement read.
The students leaders called on all the Governors of the South West States to rise up to the challenge of tackling the rampaging Fulani herdsmen head on.
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