22nd November, 2017
It was a bloody day as herdsmen attacked farmers in Oyo State seriously injuring not less than 10 people in the process.
The herdsmen attacked the victims with machetes and other dangerous weapons thereby gravely injuring about 10 farmers in the process.
Trouble started when the herdsmen accused the farmers of putting poisonous tubers of cassava and other items on the grazing tracks thereby resulting in the death of about 15 cows i the last 2 weeks.
However, the quick intervention of the National President of Jamu Nati Fulbe Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Saliu Kadir, who also doubles as the Sarkin Fulani of Igangan, restored temporary peace.
Speaking after an emergency meeting the Fulani community had with the Police, Army, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, and the Department of State Services, DSS, Alhaji Kadir disclosed that “15 cows have been killed by the farmers.
“They poisoned some crops which they put on the tracks that the cattle usually take. My people actually wanted to avenge the death of their cattle, but I calmed them down by telling them that Governor Abiola Ajimobi, the Commissioner of Police and other security agencies in the state should be allowed to address the issue. “I believe they will attend to the issue without delay.”
He recalled that there is an existing agreement between the Fulani herdsmen and the farmers on the modalities for payment of compensation in the case of any straying cattle encroaching into farmlands, but lamented that the agreement is now being abused by the farmers.
He noted: “There are times that the farmers would make us pay heavy compensation that is not commensurate with the crops destroyed by the cattle. Yet, we pay the compensation without complaining.”
At a peace meeting summoned to calm frayed nerves, one of the farmers in the area, Chief Oludele Oyedepo, Baale Agbe Tapa, also called for peace.
He said: “We agreed at one of our meetings that a farmer has the right to apply any chemical on his crops, but what is the justification for putting poisoned food on the footpath for cattle?
“Sarkin called me one day and said someone should take me to a grazing track. I used my hand to pick many tubers of poisoned cassava on the path. “At another time when we had a meeting at the Police Commissioner’s office, there were about 11 bags of such items brought to the CP’s office as proofs. It is better we live in peace with one another.”