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RESEARCH: Some Notable Victims of Fulani Herdsmen in Ondo

By Damilola Adeyemo

AKURE – Following the recent order given by Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, giving Fulani herdsmen 7 days ultimatum to vacate the state’s Forest Reserves due to the incessant killings and kidnappings in the state by the Suspected Fulani herdsmen.

Experience in the last few years showed that kidnappers and some of the Fulani Herdsmen posed a serious threat to peace and security in Ondo State communities.

Although the violence is increasingly described in religious terms, competing claims to land and other resources are at its core.

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TECHNOCRAT MEDIA has made a research on the number of notable people that had been kidnapped and killed by hoodlums and suspected Fulani herdsmen in the state.

Below are the some of the notable victims between 2015-2021.

On January 16, 2021, The Deputy Registrar of the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), Dr. Amos Arijesuyo, was killed by suspected herdsmen on his way back from the introduction of his daughter.

On January, 18, 2021, one unidentified farmer was killed in Akure.

On November 26, a First Class traditional ruler, the Olufon of Ifon in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State, Oba Israel Adeusi was shot dead by kidnappers. He was said to be returning to Ifon from Akure after a meeting, ran into the barricade of the kidnappers along Elegbeka area, was kidnapped and killed after some hours.

On November 26, 2020, one person was killed in Ode-lrele town.

On November 23, 2020, some herdsmen again invaded the farm of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, and attacked some of the workers on the farm after destroying the farm.

On April 29, 2020, three Christian worshippers on their way back from church were killed in ondo state.

On April 4, 2020, the residents of Ose LGA lamented that some Fulani herdsmen killed, a rice farmer, Jacob Odushe his son, Adura, and one Victor Ejeh on their farm during the week.

In July 2019, Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of the leader of the Yoruba Socio-Cultural Organization – Afenifere, Pa Ruben Fasoronti was brutally murdered by suspected herdsmen at Ore junction while she was traveling to Lagos from Akure.

On April 13, 2016, a suspected herdsman killed in a reprisal attack at Ilara-Mokin, Ifedore LGA, Ondo State after some indigenes of the town had been killed.

On September 21, 2015, former SGF, Olu Falae’s farm was attacked and kidnapped, one of his security guards was killed at Ilado village, Akure North local government.

According to the Nimbo massacre total casualties attributed to roaming Fulani herdsmen due to their reluctance to communities has hit 1,229 in 2014, a massive increase from just 63 in 2013, according to the Institute for Economics and Peace’s Global Terrorism Index 2015 and it has soared since the beginning of 2016.

Only God knows the number of ordinary Nigerians that had died in the hands of kidnappers and Fulani Herdsmen that were never reported.

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