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By: Ade Adeleke
There was a confusion last night and early this morning when residents of five communities located between Akure metropolis and Ala in Akure north local government area of Ondo state were displaced following the invasion of suspected Fulani herdsmen.
SUNSHINETRUTH learnt that the incident that occurred in the night when the people at the farm settlements were still sleeping, followed a disagreement between farmers in those communities and the herders.
The affected communities including Adejubu, Adewole, Olotin, Olondan, Jojo, all in the Akure North Local Government Area of state.
One of the villagers who preferred to speak with SUNSHINETRUTH on condition of anonymity, said hundreds of farmers and their family members have been displaced from their farms and homes as they all escaped miraculously from being killed by the well-armed herders.
It is not yet clear if there are casualties as at the time of this report.
According to a source, the herdsmen who invaded the villages were on reprisal mission as the residents of affected communities had allegedly chased them away from grazing on their farmland.
The source said, “the Fulani herdsmen usually destroy the farms of the villagers whenever their cows are grazing . So last week, they came again to graze and the villagers chased them away.
It was gathered that the farmers had yesterday gone to the herders to warn them against using their cows to destroy farms in the areas but the herdsmen were alleged to have mobilised to carry out the attack in the night.
The Ondo state police command’s Spokesman, Mr Tee-Leo Ikoro when contacted, said he was yet to be briefed and promised to get back to newsmen as at the time of filing in this report.