Residents of the Ayede Ogbese community in Ondo State’s Akure North Local Government Area are concerned about herders’ continuing damage of their farmlands.
The anti-open grazing ordinance recently passed by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, according to residents, has not been Ondo residents cry over herders invading farms in the community due to the manner in which herders damaged farmland with their cows.
Residents gathered at the palace of Alayede of Ogbese to express their dissatisfaction with the situation, threatening to resort to self-help if the herders’ activities continue.
Chief Simon Oduh, one of the community’s chiefs, revealed that a series of talks with Miyetti Allah’s leadership had yielded no beneficial results, adding that the herders had remained adamant.
Residents also asserted that, with the help of the Amotekun Corps, moves might be taken to coordinate with local hunters and vigilantes to rescue their village from herders who were destroying their fields.Princess Bukola Akinyede, Regent of Ayede Ogbese, maintained that residents of the village had been law-abiding, but herdsmen had made life tough for farmers who had taken out numerous loans to cultivate the farmlands.
Princess Akinyede said she had phoned and notified the state Commissioner of Police and the council authorities about the development while pleading for quick government assistance.