Christmas Tragedy: Fulani Herdsmen Attack Ogun Community


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Death came knocking on the people of Ojo-Odan, a border town in Egbado North Local Government Area of Ogun State last Friday as it came under attack from Fulani herdsmen in which one person lost his life and four others were injured.

It was gathered that the Fulani herdsmen slaughtered one man identified as Agbasose Sewotan who protested when the herdsmen set their cattle to graze on his farmland, while the four others were critically injured in their efforts to assist the deceased.

The incident occurred around 6pm.

The elder brother of the deceased, Oluwole Sewotan, speaking to journalists, said the herdsmen were always attacking the people of Ojo-Odan, killing with such recklessness.

Community members of the town which is made up of about 30 villages said they have often come under attack from Fulani herdsmen operating between Nigeria and the Republic of Benin.

A community leader, Lasisi Adewole, said that the Fulani herdsmen usually encroached and the destroyed farmlands in the community, especially in the dry season. He also said that security measures established by the government, the police and the State Security Services (SSS) have been ineffective.

It would be recalled that the State House of Assembly had previously set up a Fact-finding/Security Committee to visit the crisis-prone area and propose a permanent solution to the constant attacks on the people by the Fulani.

The Committee, headed by the Deputy Speaker, Hon Tola Banjo, also included top officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Police, SSS, as well as the state’s Traffic Compliant Agency (TRACE).

The Chairman of Egbado North Local Government Area, Hon Tajudeen Alani said that government was worried with the attacks, as he expressed optimism that this recent attack would spur the government to find a permanent solution.

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