Suspected herdsmen have attacked residents of Ago-Oyinbo near Ala forest reserve in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo, according to Peoples Gazette.
On Monday, it was reported that the herders who arrived in huge numbers injured no fewer than eight residents, the most of whom are farmers.
Samuel Olowolafe, a local community representative, told The Gazette that the marauders, who arrived in the middle of the night, inflicted havoc on the residents with little resistance.
Mr Olowolafe stated that the herders who arrived battle-ready robbed their properties, including food, and that the accused planned to take over the local community.
“They (herders) came with their guns and other dangerous weapons to attack us at midnight and carted away our belongings, including phones and food.” And at least eight people are currently hurt and receiving medical attention as I speak.
“They continue their devil act in the middle of the night, carting away our foods, destroying our farm products, and even machete people to the point of hospitalization,” he stated in a brief phone conversation with our reporter.
According to the Gazette, this will be the second time the herders would be launching an attack on the agrarian community.
In March, suspected herders attacked local farmers for refusing to allow their cattle to graze on their land.
Many residents were compelled to flee the community to nearby towns and villages as a result of the situation.
Mr Olowolafe went on to say that the community had been constantly attacked by herders, who always disguised themselves with their animals while entering the community.
He disclosed that many of the residents had lost loved ones and property worth millions as a result of the invaders’ violent attacks.
He specifically requested that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu come to the community’s rescue immediately in light of the recent attacks on local citizens.
“What happened to us over the weekend was that these Fulani herdsmen wanted to take over our farm land.”
“We are also requesting assistance from the state government and security agencies.” At Powerline and Ago-Oyinbo in Ala Forest Reserve, our lives are in jeopardy,” Mr Olowolafe added.
According to the Gazette, the injured residents are currently receiving treatment at a private hospital in Akure.
When approached for comment, Funmilayo Odunlami-Omisanya, the spokesman for the Ondo State Police Command, promised to get back to our reporter.
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