Ondo com­mu­nity re­jects 200 Fu­lani herds­men with weapons

The Punch - - FRONT PAGE - Peter Dada, Akure

THERE was ten­sion in Ajowa Akoko, Akoko North-west Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Ondo State, on Sun­day, as the res­i­dents re­jected about 200 Fu­lani herds­men, who wanted to set­tle in the com­mu­nity.

A source in the com­mu­nity said the herds­men were brought to the com­mu­nity in trucks in the evening, but were quickly re­jected by the res­i­dents of the town.

Some weapons were said to have been found in the pos­ses­sion of the herds­men.

The source stated, “The res­i­dents al­leged that the un­wanted visi­tors were brought to the com­mu­nity with­out in­form­ing them, while some of the herds­men had weapons in their lug­gage.

“The youth protested and did not al­low them to dis­em­bark from the ve­hi­cles; it took the in­ter­ven­tion of the se­cu­rity agents be­fore the youth of the town could be calmed.”

Com­ment­ing on the devel­op­ment, the tra­di­tional ruler of the town, Oba Cle­ment Ji­moh, said the com­ing into the com­mu­nity of such a large num­ber of herds­men was an em­bar­rass­ment to the res­i­dents.

The monarch con­firmed that he, the el­ders and se­cu­rity agents pre­vailed on the youth not to take the law into their own hands.

The Oluro of Uro Ajowa,

Oba Tim­o­thy Ipin­moroti, said Ajowa Akoko re­mained one of the most hos­pitable com­mu­ni­ties in Yoruba­land, but “the way these herds­men came was sus­pi­cious and calls for cau­tion.”

The Chair­man of the Ajowa Akoko com­mu­nity, Mr Bakare Ajayi, stated that the town was a gate­way to other parts of the coun­try.

“Be­sides, our peo­ple have been bat­tling with some herds­men on their farms, who usu­ally al­low their cows to eat up their crops; and this is in ad­di­tion to the se­cu­rity chal­lenges and kid­nap­pings in the area,” he stated.

He also said the res­i­dents needed to be se­cu­rity con­scious as they saw weapons like axes, cut­lasses and swords in the lug­gage of the herds­men.

One of the herds­men, Issa Ahmed, al­leged that some in­di­genes of the town col­lected money from them to al­low them to set­tle in the town.

In his re­ac­tion, the Po­lice Area Com­man­der for Ikare Akoko, Mr Razak Rauf, con­firmed the in­ci­dent, adding that po­lice were still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter.

• Ondo Gov, Ro­timi Ak­eredolu

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