By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The Ondo State Security Network Agency known as Amotekun Corps has arrested 80-year-old herder, Malam Dauji Ibrahim, for destroying a farm at Ero, Ifedore Local Government Area of the State.
Westernpost gathered that the suspect, in the company of other herdsmen were migrating from Osun State to Kogi State and decided to stop over to rest at a farm in Ero.
The octogenarian, who in his confession and upon interrogation claimed he is from Plateau State as well lives in Kogi State, but that he always migrate from Kogi to Osun State every dry season and when the rains start, they go back home.
He said, “My boy and I tried to take some rest at the early hours of the day while on our way from Osun State.
”But a lady came out and was really nagging at us. So, the cows got out of the compound and moved to the express road.
”Before I knew what was happening, we saw the vehicle of the Security Agency arrived.
” My boy, who is younger and smarter took to his heels. But there was nothing a man of my age could do. I tried to hide somewhere, but I was later caught and brought to the office for interrogation.”
However, a middle-aged woman, Mrs Aishat Ali, lamented that the same set of herders were at their farmland last year and destroyed crops.
The woman, who said her husband has been a staff of Ero College of Education for 18 years, accused the herders of bringing their cows to cause mass destruction on their farms.
According to her, “when their cows destroyed our farms last year, they promised to pay us, but didn’t fulfill their promise.
“Few days ago, they came back with their cows. I had to call on the Amotekun officials who got them arrested. But now we have resolved everything and they have compensated us.”
In his reaction, the Ondo State Commander of Amotekun, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, said the farm owner and the herder had made peace with each other and have reached an agreement.
“We have ensured that the farmer make peace with the herder. And the arrested herder and his cows will be released when appropriate documentations are made.
”I urge people of the state to keep us abreast of any distress situation,” he said.