Herdsmen crisis: Scores of Ogun indigenes now refugees in Benin Republic
Following the current assaults on Yewa communities, scores of Ogun indigenes have relocated to Benin Republic, DAILY POST reviews.
Up to now few days, there have been instances of assaults by individuals suspected to be herdsmen in Yewa North and Imeko Afon Native Authorities Areas.
In Imeko, DAILY POST reported how a farmer, Dele Olowoniyi, was slaughtered by gunmen, who attacked Oha village at evening.
A number of days after, about six individuals had been claimed to have been killed in Owode Ketu space of Yewa North when the attackers invaded the neighborhood in a single day.
After this, a number of different Yewa residents had been reportedly killed, many homes burnt, whereas a yet-to-be recognized variety of individuals, together with kids sustained various levels of accidents.
Final week Monday, Governor Dapo Abiodun visited Yewa to sympathise with the victims. However, when he was at Owode Ketu and different locations visited, some suspected herdsmen kidnapped one Mrs Ajoke Ishola and later dumped her lifeless physique behind Obasanjo’s farm at Igbo-Ori.
It was an analogous situation the day Abiodun despatched a delegation to the realm. The delegation had hardly returned to the state capital in Abeokuta when the individuals of Agbon Ojodu had been visited by the suspected killers.
Earlier earlier than the current killings, DAILY POST recollects that there have been lamentations from conventional rulers within the space. The Obas had despatched a petition to the state authorities, the police and the Military, lamenting that some troopers led herdsmen into their villages, flogging anyone who tried to cease them from grazing on farmlands.
However, because of the alleged failure of presidency to take actions, the cries of the monarchs and residents of the realm attracted the eye of the favored Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo Igboho, who visited the state to displace Fulani herdsmen in Igua.
Throughout Sunday Igboho’s go to, homes belonging to the Fulani and Kara market in Igua had been set ablaze by some hoodlums, who allegedly took benefit of the event.
Some analysts have opined that the current incidents had been reprisal assaults launched by some Fulani herdsmen to avenge the burning of their homes.
In an try and put an finish to the killings and different safety challenges within the space, Gov Abiodun held a gathering with 4 Northern governors and Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State.
Additionally, Abiodun visited President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday to current a report back to him on the crises in Ogun, saying relative peace has returned to the troubled areas.
To him, the killers in Ogun state are bandits who’re cattle rustlers, noting that individuals couldn’t differentiate between peaceable Fulani herdsmen and bandits.
Nevertheless, one other set of individuals had been kidnapped round 4am on Saturday alongside Ayetoro-Abeokuta street.
In response to the police, one of many kidnappers arrested was a Fulani man.
Right this moment, many residents of Yewa North have turn into refugees in Benin Republic.
“When we aren’t certain of our security in Ogun State. Now we have to relocate to close by Benin Republic,” a resident of the realm instructed DAILY POST.
It was gathered that 5 of the refugees have given delivery within the camp allotted to them by the federal government of Benin Republic.
Findings by our correspondent confirmed that many villages in Yewa North have been abandoned over worry of one other invasion by these Gov Abiodun referred to as “cattle rustlers”.
On Sunday, when the peace committee took meals gadgets to the realm, it was learnt that there have been no recipients.
Commenting on the matter, the Eselu of Iselu, Oba Akintunde Akinyemi, mentioned the residents weren’t on floor to obtain the rice, noodles and different gadgets from authorities representatives.
Oba Akinyemi, defined that the individuals most well-liked being slaves in Benin Republic than coming again house to be killed.
“It’s a horrible scenario; no one is round. They’ve abandoned the homes, the faculties, in all places. Palliatives are in Tata; we will’t go and choose them as a result of we’re nonetheless on the lookout for who to offer them to,” the Oba mentioned.
In response to the standard ruler, some residents mentioned they’d not return to Nigeria till there may be most safety.
DAILY POST gathered that authorities has deployed a taskforce of safety brokers to the Ogun West axis of the State to foil any additional assault on villages.
Ogun West shares mutiple entries with Benin Republic by Imeko Afon, Ipokia and Yewa North.
Indigenes of the senatorial district have consistently alleged marginalisation, being the one zone that has not produced a governor since Ogun was created 45 years in the past.