Farmers and inhabitants of some villages and farm settlements in Akure North local government area of Ondo state yesterday protested the alleged killing of an Igbo farmer in his farm in the area by some Fulani herdsmen few days ago.
The protesting farmers who waved green leaves alleged that the deceased farmer, Mr Linus Ogeh from Ebonyi state who has been farming in the local government area for over 20 years was killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen as retaliation for last week face-off between them and policemen at the farm of former secretary to the government of the federation, Chief Olu Falae.
The younger brother of the slain farmer, Mr Nicodemus Ogeh called on security agencies and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to bring those responsible to book.
“When I called home, our old father who is close to 100 years was crying because he has heard the news.”
“My plea with the government is to please fish out the killers of my only brother on earth.”
He added tearfully.
Wife of the slain farmer, Mrs Roseline Ogeh said the tragedy has made the future of their 7 children bleak.
“My child ran to me screaming that I should come and see Papa. So I ran and saw him on the ground. He had wound all over him.”
“My children are all still in school. None of them is working yet. All of them are still young.”
The president general of Non-Indigenes and Agatu farmers in the local government, Mr Vincent Adeyi described the activities of herdsmen at villages and farm settlements in the area as worrisome, and called on the government to put a ban on open cattle grazing.
“We are using this opportunity to call on the governor of Benue state, (Samuel) Ortom to cooperate with the governor of Ondo state, and we beg the governor of Enugu state and Ebonyi state to also come to our aid.”
The traditional ruler of the area, Chief Taiwo Ogunleye lamented that his people could no longer go to their farms since the incident due to fear of the unknown.
So far, nobody has been arrested in connection with the crime, but as usual the state commissioner of police, Mrs Hilda Ibifuro said the command was on top of the situation.