Fulani herdsmen have attacked Ebira farmers from kogi State, resident in Ondo state.
As a result of the attack, Twenty ( 20) Ebira farmers, dealing in cash crops as yam, cassava, potatoes, are receiving medical attention in various hospitals across the state .
The aggrieved farmers operate in Elegbeka,Ago gboro,Oba-Ile,Iju-Itaogbolu,Ologido,Malege and Ogbese, among other settlements.
They pleaded with Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to intervene on the incessant attacks on them and their farms.
Chairman, Ebira Farmers Association(EFA) , Alhaji Amuju Ovoro said, ” Fulani herders are attacking us on regular basis,they will invade our farm with their cows and uprooting our crops prematurely causing unprecedented losses to us. As at today,20 of our members are being hospitalised following attack by Fulani herdsmen on our farms. Our crops are being destroyed, our water contaminated, the herdsmen will arm themselves with offensive weapons in the den of the night with their mission of massive destruction on our farm crops and assault on us. They even went to the extent of raping our women. We are pleading with the governor to rescue us,we are peace-lovers and have been operating in Ondo state for several decades without molestation from any quarters.
President of Ebira Community, Alhaji Abdulsalam Dagana,who noted that their second home is Ondo state, said he was born and trained with proceeds from his parents farms in the state.
According to him: “The Fulani herdsmen are committing many atrocities against my kinsmen,Akeredolu should kindly wade into this matter before it goes out of hand. We want peace for Ondo state,we are sojourning here for our daily bread,Ebira people are no cowards,we don’t want to create tension in the state,the governor should intervene immediately as an advocate of peace.
Special Assistant to the Governor on Ebira community matters, Hon.Hassan Ahete, pleaded with his kinsmen for calm, promising to take their case to appropriate quarters for prompt action.