Written by Kayode Fasua
Governor Dapo Abiodun of the state of Ogun revealed that five northern governors are holding a security meeting with him in Abeokuta today (Tuesday).
The governor said this Monday as he led security chiefs and some members of the State Executive Council to communities on the Yewa state axis where wild Fulani herders killed at least 10 people and maimed others.
Abiodun, addressing the aggrieved villagers in Oja-Odan, hurriedly calmed them down, following the sudden attacks on Sunday night.
He later visited Igbooro where four people were killed and nine others wounded in a night attack.
Some of the areas attacked by Fulani herders are: Eggua, Ketu, Igbooro, Iselu, Agbon-Ojodu, Asa, Ibeku, Imeko and Oja-Odan.
Speaking at a stakeholder meeting with five northern governors, the governor did not mention the governors, but said those governors were from the Fulani extraction and that the people lived in the state.
The governor also said that all interested groups and people will be represented in order to chart the way forward in the precarious situation in the country.
‘I have convened a stakeholder meeting tomorrow (today) with my fellow governors who are Fulani and who have people here.
“Five governors are coming to Abeokut from the northern states. We will invite some of you to meetings and talk about it, ”he told reporters.
As for security measures, the governor said he would hand over some security vehicles and engines to a special task force he set up for Juland, also today.
He said, “The delegation I sent told me what they saw. They said a lot of things had happened and as they were reporting what they saw, we heard another attack had taken place.
“I called for a security meeting this morning. And before yesterday, I set up a task force and bought new vehicles and motorcycles for Yewland safety.
“The working group consists of the police, soldiers, the defense corps and hunters who will help us with regard to security in your area.
“Tomorrow, by the grace of God, all new vehicles and motorcycles will be released. A task force will be housed here, which will not only patrol your areas and return to Abeokut. “
However, he promised to pay hospital bills to those injured by the shepherds.
He also pledged to help those who lost property during the attack by mitigating the effect of the loss.
The governor said he had asked the commissioner for special duties to compile a list of those affected by the attacks.
Meanwhile, villagers in some affected areas in Yewland, where Fulani herders attacked and killed some farmers, have left their homes.
Some of the affected villages include Agbon-Ojodu, Moro, Asa and Ibeku in the Yewa-North local government area.
Earlier, Eselu from Iseluland, Oba Akintunde Akinyemi, was told that the residents of Ketuland are demanding that the governor issue an order for the eviction of Fulani cattle breeders to the country.
Both Akinyemi who spoke in Oja-Odan during the governor’s visit to the area, said that the entire people of Ketulanda are asking the Fulani herders to leave the area.
He said, “Shepherds are seriously killing our people. They are killing our people in Ketuland, they have raped our women, they have destroyed our agricultural lands.
“They killed many of our people in Ket, Igbooro, Isel, Agbon-Oyod, Asa, Ibek and Oja-Odan
“Within five days, the Fulani killed five people in Igbooro, three in Asa, which means eight.
“Your Excellency, our people greet you and know that you will be fair.
“I know there will be a war, if he were not the governor, if we ask our people to face the Fulani. That is why we want the ruler of Paramount in Yewa to support us, while we want the governor to order that Fulani must not come to Ketuland again. “
Olu Ilara and the paramount ruler of Jeweland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, said in a statement that his people in Juland are no longer sleeping with their eyes closed due to the attacks of the shepherds.
However, he urged people to be patient with the governor, saying security measures have been put in place to end the relentless killing in Yewland.