Fresh crisis appears to be brewing in the Ibarapaland area of Oyo State, following the return of Fulani herdsmen to the area and the alleged destruction of farms.
Fulani herdsmen had, in January, migrated out of Igangan and other communities in Ibarapa, Oyo State, following the eviction notice given to Seriki Fulani of Igangan, Salihu Abdukadir, by Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Igboho.
Farmers in Igangan informed journalists that the herdsmen had not only started returning to the area but that they had allegedly resumed the destruction of farms and threatened to attack farmers who resisted them.
The Chairman of Real Farmers Association of Nigeria, Igangan branch, Mr. Abiodun Adegoke, in a telephone interview said some of the cases were reported to the police in Ayete and Igangan.
According to him, one of the cows was caught and taken to the police station at Ayete, the headquarters of Ibarapa North Local Government Area.
He disclosed that there was a case last week when some herdsmen were grazing on someone’s farm adding that the farmer who challenged them was beaten to a pulp by the herdsmen.
Adegoke said it took the intervention of some other farmers who arrived to stop the herdsmen.
When contacted, the Convener of Igangan Development Advocates, Oladiran Oladokun, confirmed that the herdsmen had started returning and destroying farms.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo State, Olugbenga Fadeyi, also informed our correspondent on the telephone that the police have commenced investigation on the matter.