- The Yewa axis in Ogun state has been plunged into fear over continuous siege by suspected Fulani herdsmen
- The recent attack by marauding herders led to the death of two villagers as many properties were destroyed
- In a letter addressed to the government, Olu of Ilaro warned that people of Ogun state may result in self-defence in the face of herders' provocation
Amid mounting tension characterising the farmer-herder crisis in the country, prominent Yewaland traditional ruler, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, Olu of Ilaro has told the government to take a grip control over the atrocities of the Fulani herdsmen.
The Olu of Ilaro's warning came 48 hours after suspected Fulani herders attacked Igbooro, Oja-Odan in Yewa North local government area, leading to the death of two villagers.
The suspected herdsmen, according to The Punch also reportedly invaded the village close to Eggua in Oja-Odan, setting ablaze three houses and storehouses.
In a statement on Saturday, February 13, directed to President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun state, Oba Olugbenle stated that government must act fast on the "continued siege" by the criminal herders.
“The Federal Government and the Ogun State government are hereby implored, as a matter of extreme urgency, to act fast to secure the lives and property of our people before it spirals out of complete control.
“In this situation, it is not out of place that people may resort to self-help to defend themselves if the government fails to guarantee their safety as citizens of Nigeria in the face of renewed insurgency by these criminals terrorising our people with arms and dangerous weapons.”
Meanwhile, the cattle-rearer Fulani group Miyeti Allah has threatened to unleash violence if any of its members is harmed.
Saleh Alhassan, a spokesman of the group, made the declaration on Sunday, February 14, saying "nobody has right to evict herdsmen."
According to him, Fulani herders "will resist eviction" and there will be retaliation for any killing of Fulani herders in the southern part of the country.
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