IBADAN- Farmers and residents of Ikoyi-Ile, Orire local government area of Oyo State on Sunday declared that they might resolved to self-help if the Oyo State government fails to protect them from suspected herdsmen terrorising their community.
The farmers lamented that despite killing one of their members, raping their minors and destroying their farm land, herdsmen still continue terrorizing their community and villages without any help from government, which is giving them sleepless nights.
The Babalaje of Agbe in Orire Local Government, Chief Oyekola Joseph, noted that farmers in the community were disturbed with all the happenings around the areas for the past eight years ago, calling for urgent intervention from the state government before the issue get out of hands.
Oyekola, who is the secretary of Idera Agbe Famers Association, Orire local government branch said “we don’t know what to do because if we take any step or revenge, it might leads to blood shied, we want the government to help us and take necessary steps because our king that suppose to defend us has failed in his duties, he is now backing the Bororo against us.
“Herdsmen cut off hand of one of our workers working in farm, they destroyed our farm products, another farmer was matcheted on head while others injured, and two of our minors were also raped”.
One of the victim, Usman Daudu whose farm products was destroyed by the herders said that 20hecters of his farm land planted with maize, yam, tomatoes and tuber was destroyed by the herdsmen, and he was injured on head with cutlass while trying to chase them away
According to him, “They have not stop the attack on our farm, we have pleaded with them several times yet they didn’t yielded to our plead, they are ‘bororo’ because the Fulani that was already on ground don’t used to have issue with us”.
Another victim, Dominic Gbegbi, said that he was matcheted fourteen (14) times while trying to pursued the herders who invaded his farm with their cows and destroyed his farm products
Meanwhile, the Onikoyi of Ikoyi-Ile, Oba Abdul-Yekeen Atilola Oladipupo said that he has been trying his best to brings a peaceful coexistence between the farmers and herders in the area, adding that farmers/herders issue is not limited to the area, but everywhere
According to him, “We have tried to resolved the issue in many times because its difficult to separate farmers and herders, we have been living together for a while, I have taken a lot of steps in the matter so as to find a lasting solution to it, but it seems my efforts wasn’t enough, so we need government intervention in the matter.
“I’ve had series of meeting with all the baale’s around me to find solution to the issue, infact, I even had meetings with the Assistant Inspector General of Police, in Osogbo together with the commissioner of Police, and the Police assured me to come to our aids.”
The monarch however called on the Oyo State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, the Oyo State House of Assembly and security agencies to come to the aid of his people before the issue degenerate to something else because he didn’t want blood shied again in the town.
Ikoyi-Ile is an ancient town in Orire Local government of Oyo State that is surrounded with 674 villages like Olode-Elelu, Animashaun village, Obamo village, Igboayin, and Laomi village among others.