Residents of Ijare town in Ifedore Local Government Area (LGA) of Ondo State have detained not less than 150 cows after the animals destroyed their farmlands.
Reports has it that the cows were brought into the farmlands by some Fulani herdsmen eventually leading to loss of crops to the owners of the farmland.
Reacting to the event which happened yesterday, traditional ruler of Ipinsa Community in Akure South Local Government Area the state, Oba Omoniyi Olufunmilayo lamented that many farmers at Ipinsa had currently been counting their losses over the havoc committed by the herdsmen in the community.
As reported by ThisDay, when the farmers saw the destruction caused on their farms, they pursued them and arrested the cows while the herdsmen fled.
The source added, “After the herdsmen had seen that the farmers and some local hunters were coming they abandoned their cows and ran while the cows were brought to the palace.”
“They have been adamant and it was high time they left. We didn’t harm them but we were surprised the way they ran away as if being chased by a lion.”
One of the affected farmers, Mr. Sunday Fasakin recounted how his cocoyam and yam farms of three hectares worth thousands of naira were destroyed by the herdsmen.
“They have been destroying our farms and we could no longer condone such losses again. We don’t have problem with them but we don’t want them and their cows in Ijare anymore.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Femi Joseph confirmed the incident said investigation had commenced into the matter, adding that one of the herders have been arrested.
“We got the report that five herdsmen had invaded and destroyed the farms; we swung into action and one Banbuga Abu was arrested while we are still searching for the fleeing herdsmen. We have commenced the investigation.”