By Wilson Adekumola
Aggrieved farmers in the Akure North Council area of Ondo state, have called on the governor of the state to provide adequate security for them over the incessant attack by suspected Herdsmen.
The spokesperson for the aggrieved farmers, Samuel Olowolafe, while speaking with journalists in Akure, raised an alarm that their lives were in danger following the continued attack by the marauders.
While lamenting the incessant attack by the herdsmen in the community without any challenge, Olowolafe explained that the gunmen had threatened to pursue them and take possession of their farmlands.
The farmers’ spokesman noted that they have lost their loved ones and properties worthy of millions of naira to the incessant attacks by the hoodlums.
“What really happened to us at the weekend was that these Fulani herdsmen wanted to take over our farmland, they came with guns and other dangerous weapons to attack us at the midnight and they carted away our properties, including, phones, and foodstuffs among others.
“They do perpetuate their devilish act in the midnight. We are calling on the state government and the security agencies to please come to our aid, our lives are in danger, and the government should please provide adequate security for us at Powerline and Ago-Oyinbo at Ala Forest Reserve.
He expressed worries over the attack on the community, which is dominated by farmers, saying that it has come under heavy attack on several occasions and that they are now helpless.
Olowolafe recounted how the marauders attacked a local farmer on his farmland a few days ago in the community and macheted severally.
He said, “They (herdsmen) came at the weekend again and attacked us, shooting sporadically.
“The attacks continue, still continue till today (Monday) they always carry out the attacks at night and in the early morning.
“They carted away our food, destroyed our farm products, and even machete people to the extent that they landed in the hospital.”
He said the herdsmen are already mapping out how to take over the community by driving residents away from their homes.
Olowolafe, however, called on Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, to relocate the Amotekun and other security agencies of government to the area and nab the marauders.