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Fulanization: Tension as over 200 Fulanis storm Ondo community

Crisis was on Friday averted at Ajowa-Akoko in Akoko North West Local Government Area of Ondo State following the alleged entry of over 200 strange faces into the community.

Youths of the community had mobilized to confront the strangers who were said to be of Fulani origin, the youths were said to be angered following the offloading of suspected Fulani herdsmen.

According to the Chairman, Ajowa Council of Obas, the Oloso of Oso-Ajowa, Oba Clement Omoola Jimoh said the coming to the community of such large persons of Fulani origin numbering over 200 was an embarrassment to the community which he said could truncate the peaceful atmosphere of the area.

The traditional ruler revealed that the monarchs, elders, security agents prevailed on the youths not to take law into their hands.

Another monarch at the town, the Oluro of Uro-Ajowa, Oba Timothy Ipinmoroti disclosed that Ajowa-Akoko remained one of the most hospitable communities in Yorubaland but the way the herdsmen came signaled suspicion and called for caution.

The chairman of Ajowa Akoko community, Hon Bakare Ajayi revealed that Ajowa as a gateway town needs a lot of consciousness.

“Besides the town has been battling with few herdsmen in their farms who usually used their cows to destroy their crops with also the security challenges of kidnapping in the axis.

“They (Ajowa people) need to be security conscious as they saw in their luggage dangerous weapons like axes, sharp cutlasses and sword.

Reacting, one of the herdsmen simply identified as Issa Ahmed disclosed that some indigenes took money from them before they decided to come for settlement.

The Area Commander and Assistant Commissioner of Police for Ikare-Akoko, ACP Razak Rauf who confirmed the incident, said the police had commenced investigations on the issue.

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