By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
Residents of Ketu in Yewa North council of Ogun state have called on the state government to as a matter of urgency come to their aid and rescue them from the annual invasion of herdsmen.
They also said that the invasions have left many people killed, others maimed as well as destroction of their farmlands worth millions of naira and other means of livelihood.
They therefore called on the state government led by Dapo Abiodun to proffer lasting solution to the incessant attacks from the herdsmen.
The leader of the concerned Ketu people, Comrade Lasisi Adewole while addressing newsmen in Abeokuta, said about five persons are being killed annually while another fifteen also get injured from various attacks.
He therefore called on the government to start protecting the citizens of Ketu in Nigeria as is being done by the Benin government for the Ketu people in their country.
According to him, the annual farm invasion by the herdsmen always come between October and April dry season.
Adewole said the children of Ketu land, along Egwa and Oja Odan road, always stopped going to school throughout the dry season for fear of attack from the herdsmen.
He revealed that they have written letters as well as Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with successive governments of the state but all to no avail.
His words: ” We want to appeal to the state government to listening to our plight and come to our aid. The Ogun State government should please beef up the security in that area so that the herdsmen will stop destroying our farmlands “.
“We believe this government of Prince Dapo Abiodun is a listening government and it should fulfil his electioneering promises”, he said.
He also called on Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi and Aare Onakankafo of Yorubaland, Otunba Gani Adams to intervene in the matter.
A victim of the attacks, Mrs Idowu Iyanoluwa said the herdsmen have destroyed her farmland worth N500,000, saying her family could no longer sleep with their two eyes closed.