- Residents of Pakudi village in the Obafemi-Owode local government area of Ogun have fled their homes for fear of crisis
- This came after a farmer (an indigene of Benue) in the village killed a herdsman for allegedly destroying his farmland
- The villagers fled the community over alleged reprisal attack on them planned by other herdsmen in the village
Residents of Pakudi village which is close to Obada-Oko in the Obafemi-Owode local government area of Ogun state have fled their homes for fear of revenge attack by herdsmen after the murder of one of their colleagues by a farmer who is an indigene of Benue.
According to Punch's report, the farmer claimed that he killed the herdsman and took away his belongings, destroyed his farm, and went into hiding thereafter, Punch reports.
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The ugly incident, which took place on Wednesday, January 2, has led to residents deserting the village to avoid reprisal attack.
Concerning the development, officials of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) in the state had stormed Pakudi and arrested some villagers but later released them after interrogation.
It was gathered that the wife of the alleged killer had been arrested by the operatives of SARS personnel.
An unnamed source who spoke with newsmen on the development said: “This is the first time I would hear something like this. The community had been peaceful before this ugly incident.
“As of now, (Monday) most residents of this village have run away to save their lives because they heard that the Fulani herdsmen had been regrouping up somewhere to attack the village. The village is deserted now.”
Another villager, Zaccheus, admitted that he was risking his life by staying back. Zaccheus revealed: “Many people are in the bush to avoid being attacked by Fulani herdsmen over the death of one of them.”
Asked why he decided to stay when others had fled, he said: “I have no place to take my family to. I must stay with my family. Whatever is going to happen, I must protect my family.”
He also said that some of the village heads who stayed behind had gone to the nearby police station to report the alleged planned reprisal.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu, had said that the cause of the ongoing crisis between herdsmen and farmers in various communities across Nigeria is caused by water scarcity.
Tinubu said this while speaking on Monday, October 8, at an event organised which was themed Towards an Enduring Peace.
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