Panic as herdsmen set Olu Falae’s five-hectare oil palm plantation ablaze
Suspected Fulani herdsmen, yesterday, stormed the farm of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Chief Olu Falae, located at Ilado near Akure, the Ondo State capital, setting it on fire.
Falae’s personal assistant, Captain Moshood Raji (retd) confirmed the incident to newsmen.
He said the herdsmen destroyed five hectares of oil palm plantation worth millions of Naira.
The farm located at Igbatoro Road, in the suburb of Akure, the Ondo State capital, had been attacked several times by the herders, one of which resulted in Mr. Falae’s kidnap in 2015.
Reacting to this latest destruction, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere said the Yoruba nation will not take the onslaught lightly.
Narrating his ordeal, Falae described the action of the herdsmen as deliberate and wicked. The former Minister of Finance, however, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to call the herdsmen to order, just as the Commissioner of Police in the state, Olugbenga Adeyanju visited the farm to assess the extent of destruction.
He said the damage was much and that the fire was still raging at press time.
Falae lamented that “The Fulani herdsmen have again burnt my farm. They do that every year. As I speak to you, the Akure Police Area commander, my Personal Assistant and farm manager have visited the place. The state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has called me to confirm the incident and has also promised to visit the farm tomorrow.”
“They burnt the farm so that in the next few days, fresh grass will spring up which their cattle will later feed on.
“This is what the Fulani herdsmen do every year. The oil palm plantation was affected as well as some parts of the yam and cassava plantations.
“As I speak to you, the farm is burning. I had to call the commissioner of police, Gbenga Adeyanju who detailed the Akure Area Commander to go with my Personal Assistant and Farm Manager to the farm,” Falae said.
Falae also kicked against cattle colony, saying it was an attempt to “recolonize” the Southwest.
He said “any attempt to ‘recolonize’ the southwest through cattle colonies would be resisted
”This is not about politics but the future of our people. We will resist any attempt to introduce any cattle colonies”.