The people of Irekari communities in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo state have issued a 21 day ultimatum to the Fulani herdsmen to vacate their farmlands.
This follows the kidnapping of a young lady, Temitope Olufemi, an indigene of Idogun, on her way back from work between Afo and Idoani last Tuesday, which subsequently led to the payment of an undisclosed amount of money to secure her release four days later.
In a communiqué jointly signed by the Alani of Idoani, Oba Olufemi Olutoye, the Onidogun of Idogun kingdom, Oba Moses Bakare, the Onimeri of Imeri kingdom, Oba Babatunde Adeniran, and the Alafo of Afo, Oba Adegoke Egunjobi, the royal fathers said they can no longer tolerate the spate of kidnapping, killing, and raping of their females by the herders.
They expressed worries over the possibility of violent clashes and reprisals between the farmers and herders, following the incessant destruction of cash crops by the herdsmen.
According to the people, the ultimatum remains the last option to avoid breakdown of law and order as the herdsmen rebuffed all entreaties to conduct themselves within the confines of the law.
The traditional rulers therefore called on the residents of the area to be vigilant, and report any suspicious movement to the security agencies for appropriate action.
Speaking with JATS Communications, the Archdeacon of the Diocese of Anglican communion, Idogun Archdeaconry, Ven. Samuel Ojowuro who coordinated the contribution for the release of Temitope, explained that the perpetrators are truly Fulani as testified by the victim who has average understanding of Hausa language.
According to him, the community informed the Police when she was kidnapped on Tuesday but due to the negligence on the part of security agency and for the fear that the perpetrators threatened to slaughter her, the communities quickly swung into action to secure her release.
He noted that the perpetrators demanded for N500,000 ransome but a reasonable amount was raised before she was released on Saturday, somewhere in Oba-Akoko area.
Temitope who narrated her experience in the kidnappers’ den explained that a motorcyclist who conveyed her from Afo suddenly stopped at the middle of the bush, and before a twinkle of an eyes, three armed men came out of the bush and whisked her away, while the motorcyclist stood there laughing.
According to her, she was fortunate not to be sexually molested by the perpetrators, but they threatened to remove her two breasts and private part for ritual purpose, if her people fail to respond timely.
She disclosed that due to her knowledge of Hausa language, she heard the three men discussing that the motorcyclist who brought her to the spot would be paid N20,000 as his own share of the money.
Indigenes of the areas who spoke with The Hope on telephone interview, including the Special Assistant to the governor, Mr. Olusola Okun said the attackers were able to carry out the evil act due to the deplorable condition of the road that link Idoani to Afo.