Some irate youths from Ajowa community in Akoko North Local Government, Ondo state on Monday chased back over 200 Fulani herdsmen planning to settle in the community.
The Fulani herdsmen who were loaded in a trailer from the Northern part of the country arrived at the town on Monday morning were about settling down when the youths ordered them back into the truck.
The timely intervention of the community head doused the tension but the youths defended their decision to turn back the Fulani herdsmen on the havoc done by the herdsmen on farms in the area.
They insisted that the herdsmen would not be accommodated in the area saying the number of Fulani herdsmen was intimidating and they are not ready to witness further havoc in the area.
Speaking on the development, the Chairman of Ajowa-in-Council, the Oloosa of Oso, Oba Clement Omoola Jimoh, said the number of herdsmen relocating to the community was embarrassing to them.
The Monarch explained that community leaders and security agents from the area were able to prevail on the youths not to take law into their hands, but they insisted that the Fulani herdsmen would not be accommodated in the town.
He noted that the community remained one of the most accommodating communities in the state but said the number of Fulani herdsmen transported to the community signaled suspicion but called for action.
The Chairman of Ajowa Akoko Community Development, Hon. Bakare Ajayi, expressed fear over the new development saying the people of the community have been battling with some cases of farm destruction in the area and series of kidnapping cases along the axis.
He said the youths had to maintain that sending the Fulani back from the town is in the best interest of the town when some dangerous weapons were discovered in their luggage which includes axes, cutlasses and swords, and they had to send the visitors away from the town.
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