The Eselu of Iseluland in Oja-Odan, in the Yewa-North Local Government Area of Ogun State, Oba Akintunde Akinyemi, has threatened to release his traditional warriors against Fulani herdsmen if the government refuses to stop them from wrecking havoc in his community.
Akinyemi said some Fulani herdsmen had returned to his community in large numbers after the Government of Benin Republic allegedly sent them away from their country.
According to the monarch, the herders settled in Iselu, Oja-Odan and its environs with over 8,000 cattle feeding on his people’s farmland.
“They are now destroying our crops, raping our women and maiming our men among others. So, as a matter of fact, I appeal to the government to please come to the aid of our people as a matter of urgency.”
He said, “Many people have lost their lives; the herders do nothing but cause havoc.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the command had no problems with the indigenous Fulani herdsmen in the area but had serious challenges with the foreign herdsmen.
“That is why we set up a committee to ensure that any herdsman that comes to the state must register with the heads of indigenous herdsmen so that if he commits any offence it will be easy for us to track the perpetrators.