By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
A traditional ruler in Ogun State, His Royal Majesty Oba Abdul-Gafar Olasunkanmi Tijani, Alawowo of Awowo, has declared that he and his subjects are ready to chase out Alhaji Yakubu and his men out of Awowo and its environs.
The traditional ruler alleged Alhaji Yakubu and his men destroyed community properties worth over N20 million while grazing their cattle.
He stated this while briefing newsmen on Friday in his palace.
The monarch explained that Awowo was a heterogeneous community that accommodates different tribes; Benue, Idoma, Egede, Egun, Igbo, Hausa, and Fulani who are herdsmen.
He said that none of these settlers have given them problems nor cause crisis in the land except for the Fulani who have always been found wanting.
He, however, called for the immediate relocation of the Fulani from Awowo, his homeland.
He stated that the community cannot continue to watch things go wrong under him, stressing that residents must leave in peace and harmony.
He said: “As the owner of the land, when your tenants are not ready to live under your instructions, such tenants need to be evicted.
“It’s high time for Alhaji Yakubu popularly called Akoba and his people living in Awowo and its environs to leave our territory for destroying everything that belongs to our people because you want to feed your cattle. It’s impossible.”
The traditional ruler said that as part of Community Social Responsibility (CSR), he has decided to give back to his domain.
According to him, 5 KVA solar panels, installed in 2006 at the cost of N10 million were set ablaze by the herdsman.
He noted that he and the Fulani herdsmen are still in court for setting ablaze the solar panels, which was serving over five communities, including Eggan and Agbopa.
“Just last week these same herdsmen led their cattle to graze on a 12 acters of farmland and all the crops were destroyed.
“Rough estimate of the destruction has been put at over N7 million.
“Awowo is an agrarian area and our land is good for every crop. I cannot continue watching my subjects to work in vain because we accommodate everybody,” he said.