The residents of Ogidi community in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State have appealed to the state government to provide adequate security for lives and property of the people of the area.
This follows the incessant attack on the community by the by Fulani herdsmen and incessant armed robbery attacks by the same group in which innocent people of community have killed, maimed and robbed of their valuables.
The National President of Ogidi Development Union (ODA), Mr. Tunde Ipinmisho made this appeal while speaking at the 2014 Ogidi Day and celebration of new Yam festival at the Community Town Hall in Ogidi at the weekend.
Ipinmisho, who expressed worries over the development in the community recently, stressed that the issues required urgent attention from the government and other relevant stakeholders if the peace and stability of the community is not to be compromised.
“Our particular concern is the continued incursion of Fulani nomads into our community. We are a peace loving people, having nothing against visitors settling among us. However, the Fulani nomads are having no respect for any law, having scant regard for human life and taking delight, as it seems in strangulating the economic life line of our people, constitute a visitor group we do not want,” he stated.
The ODA President pointed out that in 2011 Fulani herdsmen hacked down an elderly member of the community without provocation whatsoever, adding that law enforcement agencies brokered peace at that time and they have continued in their wayward manner to threaten the lives and property of “our people”.
“That we are not at war with them today speaks much about our tolerance as a people. However, in a situation where herds of cattle are led to eat up the labour of our farmers in a matter of moments and where our farmers are even now afraid to go to their farms because of continued molestation by the Fulani, threats peace.
“We have seen the level of evil attributed to the Fulani in other parts of the country and we do not want to begin to imagine a time when they set our houses on fire and gun down our people,” he noted