“Nigerian Army Conniving With Fulani Herdsmen To Attack Us” – Ogun Monarchs Raise Alarm - Nicole Kaima's Blog


Monday, January 18, 2021

“Nigerian Army Conniving With Fulani Herdsmen To Attack Us” – Ogun Monarchs Raise Alarm


Traditional rulers in Ketu communities of Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State have written a petition to the Nigerian Army over alleged connivance of its officers with herdsmen to attack and harass villagers in the state.

The monarchs who complained about the recent development include; the Eselu of Iseluland, Oba Akintunde Akinyemi; the Oniggua of Iggualand, Oba Micheal Dosumu and the Alademeso of Igan Alade, Oba Gabriel Olalowo. 

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The traditional rulers addressed the petition, titled; ‘matter of urgency,’ and dated January 7, 2021, to the Brigade Commander, 35 Artillery Brigade, Nigerian Army, Alamala, Abeokuta, complaining that herdsmen invaded their territories with soldiers and harassed their people. 

They also revealed that, the incident occurred around 2 pm on December 19, 2020.

The petition read in part; 
 “The Baale was asked to gather his subjects and people from nearby villages which he did. The suspected soldiers told the people that the purpose of their visit was to inform them that the Fulani herders would be coming into their communities to graze cows.

“After their address, they asked if anyone had question or comment to make in reaction to the information. Expectedly, one Mr Seye Mulero responded by calling the attention of the soldiers to the inherent challenges of allowing the herders in their communities based on the sad previous experiences in the community.

 “That the said Seye Mulero further cited past killings, maiming and destruction of farms to buttress his point. Sadly, at this point, the soldiers seized him and mercilessly beat him up.

 “In the same manner, the Fulani herders in company of the suspected soldiers left Ibeku for Asa, the adjoining village to address the Baale of Asa and his subjects as they had earlier done at Ibeku, the people refused to respond, having heard what transpired at Ibeku.

 “However, one of the Fulani herders sighted some of people in the audience and picked on them as those that purportedly shouted on them at Ibeku while brutalising their victim (Seye Mulero). The herders asked the soldiers to also deal with them.”

The monarchs asked the military authority to identify, investigate and prosecute the suspected soldiers for the alleged connivance and involvement in the attacks on the villagers by the Fulani herdsmen. 

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Attempts to get comments from the 35 Artillery Brigade, Alamala, Abeokuta, proved abortive as the new Army Public Relations Officer did not answer calls to his mobile phone.

However, a source in the army, told Punch that the Army in Abeokuta was aware of the issues in the areas, disclosing that no fewer than four Fulani herdsmen were allegedly killed by the villagers and their remains could not be found.

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