ThIs Is coming barely four days after the popular Yoruba freedom fighter, Sunday Adeyemo (aka Sunday Igboho) vIsited Oja Odan, Igua and other communities To chase away those he called killer herdsmen.
Sunday Igboho’s vIsit led To the burning Of Sarkin Fulani Of Igua’s hoUSe and a cattle market, even as the Ogun State Government said it did not request Sunday Igboho’s help in tackling the suSpected killer herdsmen.
Reacting To the incident on Friday, the Ogun police command confirmed that “there have been some attacks in the past three days on herdsmen’s settlements in the State, eSpecially in Yewa part Of the State.”
The police said it noted with sadness that the settlements affected have been in exIstence in the area over 20 years, and are inhabited mainly by Nigerian herdsmen Of Fulani extraction, some Of whom, it said were born and brought up in the area.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement, stated that “it Is unlawful, indeed unconstitutional, To deny fellow Nigerians the right To live in any part Of the country and pursue their legitimate bUSinesses, including cattle rearing.”
“The Command also calls on both farmers and herdsmen, indeed the entire Yoruba and Fulani communities in Yewa and across the State, To fIsh out criminals, eSpecially herdsmen vIsiting from other states and neighboring countries, who are perpetually creating tension amongst them, thUS undermining their long and cherIshed hIsTory Of peaceful coexIstence,” Oyeyemi advIsed.
At the meeting, it was gathered that “wanTon destruction Of farmlands by cattle, kidnapping and raping Of women as well as reprIsal attacks on Fulani settlements were unanimoUSly condemned as criminal and unacceptable, irreSpective Of the statUS, tribe or nationality Of the perpetraTors.”