The Publicity Secretary of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, said on Wednesday that suspected herdsmen have destroyed crops in the farm belonging to Chief Olu Falae, located at Ilado village in the Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State.
He said the destroyed crops were worth millions of naira.
Odumakin disclosed this to journalists in Akure after the monthly meeting of the social-cultural group, held at the residence of the leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti.
The Personal Assistant to Chief Falae, Captain Moshood Raji (rtd.), also confirmed the incident, saying many crops were destroyed.
He added that it was the police escorts of the elder statesman who shot continuously into the air that sent the herdsmen out of the farm.
Raji said, “They attacked baba’s (Falae) farm and destroyed the crops there but immediately we reported to the police.”
Odumakin, who read the communique after the meeting accused the Federal Government of showing no concern at the incessant attacks of the Fulani herdsmen on the people of the South-West and Middle-Belt of the country.
He said, “We are worried about the renewed onslaught of Fulani herdsmen in Yorubaland. Recently, a Permanent Secretary of Osun origin, Mrs. Funke Kolawole was killed on Okene-Lokoja road on her way to Abuja.
“Also, another 72-year-old woman was recently gang-raped in Odigbo area of Ondo State and the hoodlums are yet to be brought to book and of course Chief Olu Falaye whose farm has become a source of attacks by the Fulani herdsmen, only yesterday (Monday) came under a renewed attack with policemen on his farm shot at by these Fulani herdsmen.
“We are aggrieved that the Federal Government has continued to turn the other eye while the herdsmen continue their unlawful activities over the country, especially the southern Nigeria and middle belt.”