Chief Olu Falae, has lamented the fresh attack on his farm by suspected herdsmen. And has decried the evil omen that has seen the cattle grazers continually attack his agric business.
The Nation reports that Falae said the destruction of his farm has become an annual occurrence as these herders burn down crops worth millions of naira every year “so that fresh grass can grow for their cattle.”
The former secretary to the federal government and political big wig in Ondo state has being at the receiving end of fulani incursions into his property in the last two and half years. In 2015, Mr. Falae was kidnapped by six Fulani herdsmen at his Ilado farm in Akure.
“There were six of them with three or four guns and every half an hour or so they will say, ‘Baba we are going to kill you, if you don’t give us money we are going to kill you,” he told journalists at the time.
At other times his crops were fed upon by cattle under the control of herdsmen. Just yesterday, a section of his palm plantation was touched by herdsmen who are seeking fresh shoots for their cattle.
Falae, while speaking during a meeting with the state delegation at the farm on Monday, January 22, said: “I don’t know why herdsmen have been attacking my farm. They did it last year; they did the same the year before the last. That is how they burn it every year so that fresh grass can come out for their cattle to eat. “They attack my oil palm cultivation. The mature oil palm trees that have been bearing fruits to make palm oil have been burnt down.”
In response to the recent development, Afenifere, a Yoruba socio-ethnic group has condemned the attack on the oil palm plantation belonging to the 1999 presidential candidate of the Alliance for Democracy, Olu Falae.
The group said the continued attacks by suspected herdsmen on Falae’s farm has gone too far. The publicity secretary of Afenifere group, Yinka Odumakin, said the attack on Falae’s farm is unacceptable. What should the federal govt do to tackle the herdsmen attacks in the country?