Suspected Fulani herdsmen are alleged to have attacked Oyo farmers in Lagun Village, Lagelu Local Council of the State on Tuesday night, shot a chief security guard, and carted away valuables.
The farmers have all deserted their farms for fears of a repeat visit by the attackers, while the security guard identified as Jimmy Aido is currently hospitalized and recuperating at the Iwo Medical Centre in Iwo, Osun State.
Another worker, simply identified as Haruna Usman, said he escaped death after he was shot by one of the attackers as he was returning to the farm. More than five farms and surrounding agrarian communities were allegedly visited in the attack, with eyewitnesses saying they also suspected that the attackers were Fulani herdsmen because of their mode of dressing.
Eyewitness accounts say the invaders, armed with sophisticated weapons, had earlier robbed unsuspecting motorists along the Iwo-Ibadan Road for some hours, before attacking the farms along the axis. They raided each farm and carted away heavy sums of money and food stuffs.
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ARDIS Farms, who are into palm kernel and livestock production, owned by Ayodel Adigun, a former Secretary to the Oyo State Government, was also affected in the attack by the gunmen who ransacked it before moving to other settlements in the neighbouring villages of Adedokun and Alapata, both in the Lagelu local government area.
The masked attackers, numbering up to 18, were said to have stormed the farms, wielding guns and other dangerous weapons, thoroughly beating and threatening the farmers with their weapons. They gathered the workers into groups and held them hostage while the operation lasted.
The robbery operation was said to have lasted for about seven hours, as the marauders held the terrified farms workers to ransom between 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, till of 3:00 a.m. of Wednesday.
Oyo farmers and communities have called on the Federal Government to intervene in the frequent Fulani herdsmen attack on the communities lying on the border between Oyo and Osun states, warning that unless urgent steps were taken, the situation could degenerate into an ethnic clash.