Ogun monarchs accuse Army of conniving with herdsmen in attacks 

Ogun monarchs in the Ketu communities of Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State have accused some Nigerian Army officers of conniving with herdsmen during attacks on villagers in the state.

Therefore, the development has forced the traditional rulers to file a petition with the Brigade Commander, 35 Artillery Brigade, Nigerian Army, Alamala, Abeokuta, over alleged connivance with herdsmen by its officers.

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The petition made available to newsmen on Sunday was jointly signed by Oba Micheal Dosumu, the Oniggua of Iggualand; Oba Akintunde Akinyemi, the Eselu of Iseluland; and Oba Gabriel Olalowo, the Alademeso of Igan Alade.

Titled,’ matter of urgency,’ to support their allegation, the traditional rulers cited past killings, maiming and destruction of farms.

 

Thus, the petition reads in part: “The Baale was asked to gather his subjects and people, which he did, from nearby villages.” The suspected soldiers told the people that their visit was intended to inform them that the herders of the Fulani would come to their communities to graze cows.

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“They asked after their address if anyone had questions or comments to make in response to the information. Expectedly, one Mr. Seye Mulero responded by calling the soldiers’ attention to the inherent challenges of allowing herders in their communities to rely on the sad previous community experiences.

Seye Mulero said that he further cited past killings, maiming and destruction of farms to support his point. Sadly, the soldiers seized him at this point and beat him up mercilessly.

Similarly, in the company of the suspected soldiers, the Fulani herders left Ibeku for Asa, the neighbouring village, to address the Baale of Asa and his subjects, as they had previously done in Ibeku, the people refused to respond, having heard what had happened in Ibeku.

One of the Fulani herders, however, saw some of the people in the audience and selected them as those who allegedly shouted at them in Ibeku while brutalising their victims (Seye Mulero). The herders have asked the soldiers to deal with them as well.’

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