Fulani herdsmen strike in Lagos; invade farmlands, attack owners

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File photo of herdsmen in farmland

Farming activities in parts of Epe Local Government Area of Lagos State have ceased, following Fulani herdsmen’s invasion of farmlands.

It reported that herders attacked farm owners, forcing them to flee from community to further injuries.

herdsmen, who were said to have migrated from Igangan in , settled large expanse Iganke farmland owned by Ali Moibi-Balogun of Odo-Egiri Town in Eredo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) and were already erecting structures land.

Following the development, the Ali Moibi-Balogun wrote a petition to the state governor, Babajide and the Inspector-General of Police, seeking immediate intervention to address the situation and reclaim the land from the herdsmen.

In the letter, dated May 10, 2021 and signed by its solicitor, Adeyemi Adegbite, the said that it resorted to the letter after the police station in Noforija in Epe had allegedly labelled the members suspects after they complained that farmland had been invaded by herdsmen and that they were already threatening to wreck more havoc within the community.

“We hereby urge your Excellency to deplore your very good office to intervene in this matter, cause a very discreet to be conducted, and ensure that society is turned into a lawless one, where might is right and power can be hijacked by a few powerful and privileged individuals or group of individuals to the detriment of the common and law-abiding .”

Ali Moibi-Balogun added that they were the beneficial owners of a large expanse of land housing Iganke farmland “by virtue of inheritance from forebears and according to the Yoruba Custom and Tradition.”

They noted that they had been exercising “ of possession and ownership over the expanse of land without hindrance or challenge from any person, persons or quarters whatsoever.” (The Guardian)