The dreaded Fulani herdsmen and cattle rustlers have unleashed their
terror in Aturu estate in Iddo local government area of Ibadan in Oyo
state after encroaching on farmlands in the neighborhood attacking
whoever attempts to caution their excesses.
While narrating his ordeal in a statement issued and made available to
newsmen, Chief Babatunde Kayode who was one of the victims of the
herdsmen attack described their experience as horrific and awful,
saying many of the landlords in their neighborhood have fled homes.
He added that one of his close relative, Olaosebikan Jegede a farm
owner and banker has fled the country with his family over the
incident because of several attempts on his life by the herdsmen.
“Olaosebikan Jegede was a farmer in our neighbourhood but had a
confrontation with the herdsmen that invaded his maize farm on the 5th
of August 2018 when the herdsmen diverted their cows to feed on the
maize that closed to be harvest.
“He was lucky to have been timely rescued from the onslaught with
serious machete wounds inflicted on him by the marauders. Not only
him, another landlord was also fiercely attacked by the herdsmen for
daring to obstruct their grazing”, the statement noted.
The community leader however appealed to the Nigerian Police to help
protect the life of the rest of the community members as the situation
is gradually getting beyond the capacity of Oluyole Divisional Police
Station that covers the area.
He seeks for assistance and protections claiming many people have left
the community including Olaosebikan who had since fled the country
with his family.