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Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by Staro: 5:46am On Jul 14
Fresh facts emerged on Saturday that herdsmen have converted the Ondo Government reserve located in the Odigbo Local Government Area into a militia camp.

This indication buttressed the widespread claim that killers of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, 58-year-old daughter of the leader of pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, were herdsmen who sneaked out of the reserve to rain bullets on the vehicle she was travelling in.

Olakunrin was killed on Friday as the gunmen ambushed vehicles on the highway and abducted some commuters. Her maid reportedly sustained some gunshot injuries during the attack.

Killers of Fasoranti’s daughter have their base in the forest, say villagers

A former senator who represented Ondo South Senatorial District at the Senate, Boluwaji Kunlere, said hoodlums had been operating around where Olakunrin was killed for a long time.

He said this in an interview with one of our correspondents in Lagos on Saturday.

Kunlere said, “I beefed up security in the area when I was in the Senate. I gave 13 Hilux vans to the police divisions in Ondo South Senatorial District and gave motorcycles to the Department of State Services for surveillance.

“I think the police do not have the manpower to ensure adequate security in the area. The expressway (Benin-Ore-Sagamu Expressway) is where the major problem is. The spot (Kajola) where they killed Baba Fasoranti’s daughter falls between Odigbo and Okitipupa Local Government territory.

“The people living close to the area said Fulani herdsmen had taken over that area and there was a time a bishop was abducted and the police rescued him in that area. Herdsmen are all over the forest. We see them between Omotosho and Igbotako. They graze their cows on the road and strike and they run back to the bush.

“They have been operating there for long but the attack on Baba Fasoranti’s daughter was given a wide publicity because of the man’s influence. The downtrodden have been suffering there for long. There was a time that they exchanged gunfire with the police between Omotosho and Ore in the afternoon and they ran away when they discovered that the police would overpower them.

“When they attacked Chief Olu Falae’s farm then, the police said it was bush burning because of the fear of Abuja. They want to attribute this killing to armed robbers but the locals are saying the killers are herdsmen.

Some residents of Kajola town in the Odigbo council area who spoke with SUNDAY PUNCH insisted that some Fulani herdsmen terrorising the area were residing in the forest in the area.

One of the residents identified only as Mr Ola said the herdsmen behaved as if they were above the law, adding that it was not the first time they would perpetrate the act in the area.

He said, “They destroy our farms at will. Their cows always eat up many of our farm produce. We have reported several times to the police but no action was taken. We heard gunshots yesterday (Friday) and it is a common thing in the area. We call on the government to provide adequate security to protect our lives and property.’’

Also, a farmer in Kajola village who gave his name only as Mr Aliu, also said bandits had invaded forests surrounding the village.

He said there had been many criminal activities going on in the forest and nobody stopped them.

Aliu said, “The herdsmen that struck on the expressway yesterday (Friday) stay in the forest around the area. That is not their first time and that is how they operate. We have reported to security agents but nothing has been done about it. We are helpless. Government should come to our aid.”

Another resident who spoke on condition of anonymity also reiterated that the reserve in the Odigbo council area had been inhabited for long by herdsmen.

He said though the reserve belonged to the government, community members now use the place for farming.

The resident, who is a prominent member of the National Association of Odigbo Local Government Students, said herdsmen rampage started in the area at the same time it became rampant in the country.

He said, “Villagers are aware of the activities of herdsmen in the area. There was a time herdsmen cut the wrist of a farmer who confronted them when they took their cows for grazing on his farm.

“The DPO of Ore Police Station intervened in the matter and spoke with members of the community. The vigilantes have had to confront them many times. The vigilantes later constructed a shed in the community and take turns to ensure security in the area. This is a development that is known to people in the community.’’



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Re: Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by Nwodosis(m): 5:52am On Jul 14
That's an idea of how RUGA settlements would have been in every non Fulani's state!

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Re: Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by kayusely70(m): 5:52am On Jul 14
Why is the senator speaking out now?

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Re: Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by Tonitelli: 5:52am On Jul 14
Hmm

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Re: Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by infinitethrust: 5:54am On Jul 14
Next level things

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Re: Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by Staro: 6:02am On Jul 14
kayusely70:
Why speaking out now?

That is Nigeria for you.
Fulani herdsmen have been terrorising that axis for long.

The downtrodden have been suffering and crying but no action.
I guess now that a prominent man's daughter is involved they will take action.

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Re: Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by Jabioro: 6:05am On Jul 14
There's overwhelmed testification against the herdmen ,in this kind of situation we needed proactive action..they should be dislodge Let community and security men corp the Forest to send back to where they belong.

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Re: Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by WonderManly(m): 6:05am On Jul 14
Staro:
Fresh facts emerged on Saturday that herdsmen have converted the Ondo Government reserve located in the Odigbo Local Government Area into a militia camp.

This indication buttressed the widespread claim that killers of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, 58-year-old daughter of the leader of pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, were herdsmen who sneaked out of the reserve to rain bullets on the vehicle she was travelling in.

Olakunrin was killed on Friday as the gunmen ambushed vehicles on the highway and abducted some commuters. Her maid reportedly sustained some gunshot injuries during the attack.

Killers of Fasoranti’s daughter have their base in the forest, say villagers

A former senator who represented Ondo South Senatorial District at the Senate, Boluwaji Kunlere, said hoodlums had been operating around where Olakunrin was killed for a long time.

He said this in an interview with one of our correspondents in Lagos on Saturday.

Kunlere said, “I beefed up security in the area when I was in the Senate. I gave 13 Hilux vans to the police divisions in Ondo South Senatorial District and gave motorcycles to the Department of State Services for surveillance.

“I think the police do not have the manpower to ensure adequate security in the area. The expressway (Benin-Ore-Sagamu Expressway) is where the major problem is. The spot (Kajola) where they killed Baba Fasoranti’s daughter falls between Odigbo and Okitipupa Local Government territory.

“The people living close to the area said Fulani herdsmen had taken over that area and there was a time a bishop was abducted and the police rescued him in that area. Herdsmen are all over the forest. We see them between Omotosho and Igbotako. They graze their cows on the road and strike and they run back to the bush.

“They have been operating there for long but the attack on Baba Fasoranti’s daughter was given a wide publicity because of the man’s influence. The downtrodden have been suffering there for long. There was a time that they exchanged gunfire with the police between Omotosho and Ore in the afternoon and they ran away when they discovered that the police would overpower them.

“When they attacked Chief Olu Falae’s farm then, the police said it was bush burning because of the fear of Abuja. They want to attribute this killing to armed robbers but the locals are saying the killers are herdsmen.

Some residents of Kajola town in the Odigbo council area who spoke with SUNDAY PUNCH insisted that some Fulani herdsmen terrorising the area were residing in the forest in the area.

One of the residents identified only as Mr Ola said the herdsmen behaved as if they were above the law, adding that it was not the first time they would perpetrate the act in the area.

He said, “They destroy our farms at will. Their cows always eat up many of our farm produce. We have reported several times to the police but no action was taken. We heard gunshots yesterday (Friday) and it is a common thing in the area. We call on the government to provide adequate security to protect our lives and property.’’

Also, a farmer in Kajola village who gave his name only as Mr Aliu, also said bandits had invaded forests surrounding the village.

He said there had been many criminal activities going on in the forest and nobody stopped them.

Aliu said, “The herdsmen that struck on the expressway yesterday (Friday) stay in the forest around the area. That is not their first time and that is how they operate. We have reported to security agents but nothing has been done about it. We are helpless. Government should come to our aid.”

Another resident who spoke on condition of anonymity also reiterated that the reserve in the Odigbo council area had been inhabited for long by herdsmen.

He said though the reserve belonged to the government, community members now use the place for farming.

The resident, who is a prominent member of the National Association of Odigbo Local Government Students, said herdsmen rampage started in the area at the same time it became rampant in the country.

He said, “Villagers are aware of the activities of herdsmen in the area. There was a time herdsmen cut the wrist of a farmer who confronted them when they took their cows for grazing on his farm.

“The DPO of Ore Police Station intervened in the matter and spoke with members of the community. The vigilantes have had to confront them many times. The vigilantes later constructed a shed in the community and take turns to ensure security in the area. This is a development that is known to people in the community.’’



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Re: Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by Acedave1(m): 6:07am On Jul 14
veri soon MURIC wil blame igbo for dis

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Re: Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by Armaggedon: 6:16am On Jul 14
Hate speech this thread should be closed ASAP
Re: Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by beewhy009(m): 6:18am On Jul 14
kayusely70:
Why speaking out now?

How else wld they have spoken other than reporting at the Police station which they claimed they have done numerous times but nothing has bn done about it. They had to take it into their hands to protect themselves, and their vigilantes had constructed a base and take turns to watch movements etc...


Read again.

That is the change y'all voted for, it is their own turn now, you never know when yours will come. everyone will feel it. Be prepared!

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Re: Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by helinues: 6:23am On Jul 14
As long as they are Nigerians and also non violent herdsmen, they are free

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Re: Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by SirIconR(m): 6:25am On Jul 14
This is Nigeria.... It is on the news because her father is very prominent, If it were they common masses the case would have been swept under the carpet.... I prayer this issue will be a turning point for a better Nigeria

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Re: Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by Femolacaster(m): 6:27am On Jul 14
Some Yoruba's that are still defending these killers, maybe it's because of their love for president or APC, just pray that you or your family member fall into their nets, then your brain will be on reset. Iku to n pa ojugba eni, owe ni o npa fun ni.

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Re: Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by Esseite: 6:28am On Jul 14
It's good the SE Governors agreed in restricting herders to convey cattles via trucks to markets and ranches, if you are caught with a gun or Bush herding which are against the laws, you are not far from being a criminal.

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Re: Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by Awol1(m): 6:29am On Jul 14
But for the Igbos, Nigeria would have been long ran over by these guys.

Let them come and convert any forest in the east to their abode na, if they don't get treated the way they deserve.

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Re: Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by adonis89(m): 6:30am On Jul 14
Just because of hatred 4 Jonathan , 2023 Presidency, all in a bid 2 taunt the Igbos, they kip supporting this evil regime .. Guess who is home 4 dinner? REALITY

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Re: Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by Dillusionist(m): 6:30am On Jul 14
I'm tired of these people's news.
Aren't there better thing to talk about other than disturbing us with their family affairs?

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Re: Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by Young03(m): 6:32am On Jul 14
it's not a bad thing

They have freedom of movement and settlement

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Re: Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by tsinzu: 6:32am On Jul 14
They will soon turn south wastes into an emirate

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Re: Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by tysontim(m): 6:32am On Jul 14
Na to fly plane sure pass

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Re: Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by Esseite: 6:35am On Jul 14
helinues:
As long as they are Nigerians and also non violent herdsmen, they are free

Look beyond the headlines... they have indirectly created a RUGA there..

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Re: Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by Hedonini: 7:02am On Jul 14
PUNCH has been quite consistent as a credible and courageous newspaper. Kudos to them for calling a spade a spade, not a farm tool.

Any idiot here on Nairaland or elsewhere trying to be smart by questioning whether or not the culprits are Fulani bastards or mere faceless 'armed robbers' deserves to be struck DEAD by Amadioha and Sango, god of Thunder.

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Re: Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by horsepower101: 7:09am On Jul 14
So now OPC know exactly where they are as verified by Punch and various witnesses, it’s now up-to them to flush them out. I am tired of hearing threats and lamentations.

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Re: Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by Chubhie: 7:14am On Jul 14
The herdsmen are running a hostile takeover of Nigeria's lush vegetation backed by General buhari. All man for himself now and God for us all.

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Re: Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by freeze001(f): 7:18am On Jul 14
kayusely70:
Why speaking out now?

Did you not see that they've been reporting to the police yet no action has been taken? Defender of the herdsmen! Go and blame them for attacking and killng a prominent person that has now brought attention to their wickedness because FG has been silently protecting them since!

See the kind of insensitive question you even asked! What a shame!

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Re: Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by Ekpeitut: 7:19am On Jul 14
Stop bickering, arm yourselves raid the forest and purge this evil accursed herdsmen from your land. The only language they understand is force - superior force.

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Re: Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by Nobody: 7:19am On Jul 14
Someone should go and check if those Herdsmen there are Igbos? Can we get Sarrki to go and check?

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Re: Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by Samyj247: 7:24am On Jul 14
the truth is that she was assassinated by the Fulani's because her dad is against buharis Ruga plans and didn't support buhari in the last election.

The Fulani's are just trying to use this killing as a warning to other Yoruba leaders who will stand against the plans buhari have for them.

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Re: Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by freeze001(f): 7:27am On Jul 14
helinues:
As long as they are Nigerians and also non violent herdsmen, they are free

The news is telling u of their violent and criminal nature you are still yarning trash here. I know you love and support all things northern/buhari/APC related but you cannot run away from the truth forever. It will catch up with and disgrace ur kind.

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Re: Herdsmen Convert Ondo Forest Reserve Into Militia Camp - Punch by freeze001(f): 7:28am On Jul 14
johndoexxx:
Someone should go and check if those Herdsmen there are Igbos? Can we get Sarrki to go and check?

Leave that one that they will soon swallow his farm in Taraba. E neva clear am for eye

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