By Temitope Adedeji, Àkúré.
Ajowa-Akoko in Àkókò Northwest Local Government area of Ondo State is a community known to be ruled by eight monarchs without any rancour. It is also known to be one of the peaceful communities in the state.
However, the peace of the ancient town would have been truncated Sunday evening by irate youths of the community as they moved to protest the arrival of a trailer and a truck loaded with Fulani herdsmen numbering about 1000.
The visitors wanted to settle in the town without any formal notice either to the leaders or the monarchs of the community.
According to the Chairman, Ajowa Development Council, the Oloso of Oso, Oba Clement Omoola Jimoh, the coming to the community of such a large number of herdsmen was an embarrassment to the community.
The monarch revealed that the monarchs, elders, security agents prevailed on the youths not to take laws into their hands.
Another monarch, the Oluro of Uro-Ajowa, Oba Tlmothy Ipinmoroti, disclosed that Ajowa-Akoko remained one of the most hospitable communities in Yorubaland but the way the herdsmen came signaled suspicion and danger, which called for caution.
The Chairman of Ajowa Akoko Community, Hon Bakare Ajayi revealed that Ajowa as a gateway town needs to be conscious of its environment.
He said the town had been battling with few herdsmen in their farms who usually use their cows to vandalize their crops as well as the security challenges of kidnapping in the axis.
He further said that there was need for the people to be security conscious as they saw their luggage, dangerous weapons like axes, sharp cutlasses and swords they arrived with.
One of the herdsmen simply called Issa Ahmed told our correspondent that some indigenes took money from them before they decided to come for settlement.
The Area Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police for Ikare Akoko, Razak Rauf, in a telephone chat confirmed the incident, saying the police were investigating the movement.
About two years ago, a similar incident happened at Akunu and Auga Akoko in Àkókò Northeast Local Government area of the state which led to an emergency meeting of Akoko Obas at Isua, which was presided over by Olukare of Ikare, Oba Saliu Akadiri Momoh, who is the immediate-past Chairman Ondo State Council of Obas.