the attack on Fulanis must be stopped – the police threaten with arrest
Ogun State Police said that from now on, recent attacks on Fulani herder settlements should stop.
Police threatened that bosses, brokers and advisers to criminals who attacked Fulani settlement in Igua would also be caught in court.
This came just four days after the popular Yoruba freedom fighter Sunday Adeyemo (aka Sunday Igboho) visited Oja Odan, Igua, and other communities to expel what he described as bloodthirsty herders.
DAILY POST reports that Igboho’s visit on Sunday resulted in the burning of Sarkin Fulani’s home in Igua and a cattle market, although the Ogun state government said it did not seek help from Sanday Igboho in confronting the alleged killer herders.
In response to Friday’s incident, Ogun police headquarters confirmed that “there have been several attacks in the past three days on herding settlements in the state, especially in parts of Juva.”
In a veiled reference to Igboho, the command said: “The attack on the shepherd settlements in Ogun State must stop.”
Police said they noted with regret that the affected settlements have existed in the area for over 20 years and are mainly inhabited by Nigerian Fulani shepherds, some of whom are said to have been born and raised in the area.
These Fulani shepherds, according to police, speak the Yoruba language in fluent and elegant proverbs, saying, “They usually deserve to be called Yoruba companions!”
Command Public Relations Officer Abimbola Oyemi said in a statement that “it is illegal and even unconstitutional to deny compatriots the right to live anywhere in the country and to pursue their legitimate activities, including raising cattle.”
However, Oeyemi warned herders to avoid destroying agricultural land, which he noted was attributed to endless clashes with farmers and host communities.
The command also invites farmers and shepherds alike, and indeed all Yoruba and Fulani communities in Yewa and throughout the state, to hunt criminals, especially visiting shepherds from other neighboring states and countries, who constantly create tensions between them, thereby undermining their long and beloved story of peaceful coexistence, ”advises Oyemi.
According to him, a meeting of interested parties was held on Thursday at the Alaye Palace in Ietoro.
Oeyemi told DAILY POST that the meeting was attended by representatives of the Fulani and Yoruba communities, including the heads of all security services such as the army and the DSS.
During the meeting, it was noted that “the indiscriminate destruction of agricultural land by livestock, the kidnapping and rape of women, and the retaliatory attacks on Fulani settlements were unanimously condemned as criminal and unacceptable, regardless of status, tribe or nationality. authors “.
DAILY POST has learned that the police have arrested some suspects in connection with recent incidents, promising to set an example that will serve as a deterrent for others.
“Command therefore encourages all good people in Ogun State to join the security forces in promoting peaceful coexistence among all Nigerians in the state.
In the same way, all security services decided to decisively deal with criminals and robbers who intend to sow problems in the state.
“Therefore, parents are encouraged to call their charges to order, as anyone who is caught stirring up unrest in any part of the state will be treated decisively,” the statement said.
Source: – Daily Post