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By: Ade Adeleke
Tension enveloped Gedegede in Akoko North-West Local Government Area of Ondo State over the alleged invasion of the palace of the community’s traditional ruler, Onigedegede, Oba Walidu Sanni by suspected Fulani herdsmen, threatening to kill the monarch.
The monarch said the suspected herdsmen numbering at least nine, stormed his palace, harrassed and threatened him because he has reported the continued destruction of farmland of his subjects by the herders to the police.
This development made Oba Sanni to raise the alarm over threat by the Fulani herdsmen to his life, his immediate family members and people of his community.
The monarch said he reported the case to the police after he seized a gun and a cutlass which he deposited to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Okeagbe Police Station, Mr. Johnson Akintola.
At a stakeholders’ parley organized by the state government in order to douse tension and apprehension in the council area, the monarch said government’s timely intervention saved the situation from becoming bloody.
The royal father said his subjects were spoiling for a showdown following the herdsmen’s invasion of his palace and subsequent harassment.
The traditional ruler noted that the incident was reported to the Chairman Akoko NorthWest Local Government Area, Samson Akande as well as fellow traditional rulers in the area which prompted the intervention of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu who deployed his Special Assistant on Security Matters, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, to douse the tension.
Earlier on the Miyetti Allah Ondo state chairman Alhaji Sule Bello said fulani vigilante groups had helped to reduce kidnapping in the state.
Bello urged fulanis to maintain peace and cooperate with their landlords and host communities to make peaceful co existence.
The council chairman elder Samson Akand commended mediation efforts of Governor Akeredolu and the council of traditional rulers in the area for their support.
Dojumo at the meeting said carrying of arms and ammunition were prohibited in the state.
Also, he said grazing between 6am and 6pm in the state is prohibited while no under-aged children should graze in the state.
Dojumo urged herdsmen to live with their host communities peacefully, assuring them that the governor will soon invite all the stakeholders for talks in a bid to find lasting solutions to the incessant clashes.
Dignitaries included Zaki of Arigidi, owa of ogbagi, Akala of Ikaram, Elese of Ese-Akoko, Alhaji usman Bala Special Adviser to Governor on Hausa matters and Alhaji Ibrahim kilani, Chairman Nigerians inter religious council NIREC Akoko north west LG area of ondo state.