By Ajibola Abayomi,
January 22, 2018.
Some Fulani herdsmen have recently invaded the farm of a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Olu Falae, and attacked some policemen invited to the farm in Kajola Village, in the Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State.
It was gathered that Falae, who was abducted in September 2015 by some herdsmen, had invited the policemen to the farm following the incessant invasions and destruction of the farm by the herdsmen and their cattle.
The policemen were reportedly deployed in the farm on the order of the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mrs. Hilda Harrison. It was gathered that on getting to the farm on Thursday, some herdsmen, numbering about 10, allegedly opened fire on the policemen.
They also insisted that they would not leave the farm because their cows grazed on it. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Femi Joseph, said the policemen succeeded in flushing out the herdsmen from the farm.
Joseph, who said there was no arrest made, noted that the command had launched an investigation into the attack on the farm. Falae, who is the National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party, confirmed that he invited the police when the activities of the herdsmen were getting too much.
He said, “I invited the police to my farm because the herdsmen have been coming to the farm every day for several weeks. They came into the farm around 5am till 9am and destroyed the farm. So, I went to the police for protection and some policemen were sent to the farm.
“They got to the farm and met three separate herds feeding fat on my farm. When the policemen approached them, they fired at the policemen.
“The policemen went there to see if they can effect arrest for trespassing and destroying farm produce. So if the herdsmen could fire at the policemen what would they do to me?”