The Ojoo community of the ancient city of Ibadan, Oyo State, had a bitter pill of herdsmen attack at the weekend, when some heavily armed herders suspected to be Fulani men invaded the area, leaving at least three farmers in the throes of death.
At press time, however, no fewer than 87 residents of the area had fled their homes and wandered into adjourning bushes, as they ran for dear life.
Eyewitnesses told our correspondent that herdsmen, armed with fire-arms such as A-K 47 guns and other weapons strewn around their bodies, came shouting, “We want revenge, we want revenge.”
According to eyewitnesses who opted for anonymity for fear of subsequent attacks, the herdsmen kept shouting the name of one Mr. Akindele Abdulwasiu in halting English language, saying he incited the youths of the area against them.
It was gathered that the Fulani herdsmen’s attacks on the community had been on for a long time and had brought a lot of destruction to their vast farmlands, even as they suspected the Fulani’s grazing cows for being responsible.
“The Fulani herdsmen believed it was Abdulwasiu that incited the youth against them and drove them away, killing most of their cows few years ago, and they always come here to look for him but he is not here.
“We, the farmers in the community, are tired of governments poor attitude to tackling the issue, and even now, to farm is a problem as we live in fear,” the source lamented.
Hours after being hinted, the youths reportedly went to the farms with lethal weapons and chased the Fulani away.
The Fulani men, it was gathered, later reinforced and came back to the village, determined to kill Abdulwasiu first, before descending on other locals.
The community, findings showed, is currently under siege.
When contacted, a senior police officer at the Ojoo Area Command of the Nigeria Police, who craved anonymity, confirmed the incident, but said, “We don’t want to get involved in Fulani herdsmen’s affairs, except there is a directive from the top.”
• Culled from NEWS MAIL Newspaper