Marauding herders again set Falae’s farm ablaze
Suspected herdsmen have allegedly invaded and burnt the farm of a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae.
Workers at the farm were reportedly attacked at Ilado village in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo state.
Both the maize and citrus farms were said to have been set ablaze.
Apart from setting the farms ablaze, the herdsmen were said to have attacked workers on the farm as well as torching police stations in the area.
Personal Assistant to Chief Falae, Captain Moshood Raji said the herdsmen and their cows destroyed crops worth millions of naira on the farm.
Captain Raji stated that the herdsman has relocated over 1000 cows to the farm.
Raji said the herdsmen have insisted on not leaving the farm because their cows grazing on it.
“Herdsmen attacked Chief Falae’s farm and destroyed maize worth millions of Naira. They moved to the citrus farm and after harvesting the oranges, they set the orange farm on fire.
“We have reported the incident to the police and the hoodlums seemed to be irked by the development, returned to the farmhouse, and attacked the workers on the farm
Meanwhile, Chief Falae has invited the police and Amotekun Corps to the farm following the incessant invasions and destruction of his farm by herdsmen.
The former SGF in a letter personally signed by him and directed to the Commandant of Amotekun, Mr. Adetunji Adeleye, appealed to the security outfit to save his farm and workers from further attack.
The letter reads in parts, “In the last few weeks, herdsmen came into my maize farm twice to eat up and trample large sessions of the farm.
“I reported the incidents to Alh. Bello, Chairman Meyetti Allah in Ondo State, nothing has happened.
“In the last few days, they have gone to attack my citrus farm by stealing harvested oranges and destroying what they could not carry away.
“The police on security duty on the farm were sent to drive them away. But they have been coming back every night to attack my workers in our camp, breaking their doors and carting away all their belongings
“Please let Amotekun save us and our livelihood. They kidnapped me on 21st September 2015; they should not be allowed to do it again. Thank you for rendering our race this patriotic duty”
Ondo State Police spokesman, ASP Tee -Leo Ikoro, said he was not aware of the incident.