Suspected Fulani herdsmen allegedly hacked to death a middle age woman after invading her farm at Arodoye community, in Akure South local government area of Ondo State.
Reports gathered that the body of the woman was machetes by the suspected herdsmen, after destroying over 200 acres of farmlands in the area.
Speaking with journalists in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Thursday, a Customary Court of Appeal judge in the state, Justice Michael Owoyemi, lamented the continuous invasion of the herdsmen on their farms.
Owoyemi, on behalf other farmers, listed some of the farm produces destroyed by the herdsmen to include, Cassava, cocoyams, yams, vegetables while some part of the cocoa farm was set on fire.
“The herdsmen also returned last December destroying over 5,000 heaps of cassava on my farm. They took the advantage of the break and brought their cattle and uprooted the cassava to feed their cows.
“We have reported the herdsmen to the security agents in the past and also to the traditional ruler of Akure, Deji of Akureland, Oba Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo who promised to wade into the matter.
“The herdsmen are determined to send the farmers out of the farm in the south-west unless steps are taken by the concerned authorities, hence it will degenerate into ethnic clashes in the south-west. What they have destroyed in a twinkle of an eye is worth millions of Naira.
“Ondo State government should follow the steps taken by the Ekiti state government by enacting laws to curb the activities of the herdsmen in the state. We are calling on the state government and security agents in the state before taking laws into our hands,” Owoyemi said.
The judge, however, disclosed that the farmers had petitioned the state governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, Security agencies and the Ministry of Agriculture to intimate them on the havoc wrecked on farmlands in the area.
In a related development, scores were injured in Idanre local government area of the state when the supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress and the main rival Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) clashed in the town.
Dailyfamily.ng learnt that Among the injured persons was the Chairman of the PDP in the town, Mr. Bola Ogundolu and was allegedly rushed to a private hospital after he sustained injury after the attack on him in the Isalu area of the town.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Mr.
Femi Joseph who confirmed the incident said normalcy has returned to the town as the two parties had agreed to embrace peace.
Mr. Joseph, also denied that the PDP chairman in Idanre was beaten at the police station by hoodlums.
Joseph said, ” The APC sought our approval to hold their get together and we provided them security but from nowhere we learnt that the PDP
too were holding theirs and we were not aware of their own. That was how the clash occurred but I can tell you now that normalcy has returned.