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Ogun Residents Flee To Benin Republic Over Herdsmen Crisis by Redcrafton: 10:51am On Feb 20
With about 28 lives already lost as a result of reprisal attacks by herdsmen on some Ogun villages, many residents of the affected communities have resorted to taking refuge in neighbouring Benin Republic.

No fewer than 28 lives have been lost in various communities in Yewa North Local Government Area, Ogun State in the last one week or thereabout as a result of deadly attacks believed to have been carried out by herdsmen. The attacks and the resultant deaths were in spite of repeated assurances of protection by the state government and security agencies.

Hostilities between herdsmen and residents of about 29 agrarian communities in the aforementioned part of Ogun State dates back to as far as 15 years. The affected villages had been attacked in recent times by terror herdsmen who were said to have camped at Eggua, a neighbouring town from where they moved with their hordes of cattle, ravaging farmlands within the Ketu-Yewa communities, which share borders with the Republic of Benin.

The villages include Ateru, Moro, Ologun, Agbon-Ojodu, Asa, Igbota, Ogunba-Aiyetoro, Oke-Odo, Ibore, Gbokoto, Iselu, Ijale, Ohunbe, Igbeme, Owode-Ketu, Igan-Alade, Lashilo, Oja Odan, Ijoun, Ateru, Moro, Ologun, Iyana Meta, Igbooro, Egbeda and Kuse, among others.

The armed herdsmen, who usually lead their flock in search of pastures because of the rich vegetation in the Ketu-speaking villages, have also been fingered in the destruction of cash crops belonging to the native farmers as well as killings and raping of women who are mostly natives of the communities.

The face-off peaked late last year when the residents prevented the herders from grazing and banished them from the communities.

The Nation had exclusively reported how some soldiers attached to 35 Artillery Brigade, Alamala, Abeokuta, later escorted the herders to the villages and openly flogged residents for rejecting them.

In a bid to discountenance the report, the soldiers again visited the communities a week after the story was published asking the victims to recant, but the brutalised residents refused.

Chronicle of attacks
Investigation conducted by our correspondent revealed that in the last couple of days, some of the villages mentioned in the report have been raided and destroyed by the herdsmen.

The well-coordinated attacks started with the killing of a farmer, Dele Owoniyi by suspected herders on February 7 at Oha village in Imeko area around 1 am. Several buildings and farmlands were destroyed by the hoodlums.

It was said that the herders, who were armed with guns and machetes, immediately left for Iwoye-Ketu after carrying out the attack. Four days later, two persons were allegedly killed on Thursday, February 11 by herdsmen who stormed Owode-Ketu village.

The victims – Isiaka Apesin and Adebayo Oguntosin, among other travelers, were said to have been ambushed by the herders along Owode Ketu-Ijoun axis, who bolted into a nearby forest after killing the villagers.

The attack, according to sources, was carried out by the herders around 5 am. It was learnt that the bodies of the victims were evacuated from the scene of the attack by men of Eggua Police Division.

The next day, Friday February 12, Imotto Orile witnessed the rage of the pastoralists who shot one resident dead and hacked another one to death. Same day, in the dead of the night, the herders took their bloody attack on innocent residents to Orile-Igbooro, where they killed six villagers and set houses and vehicles ablaze, while about 15 villagers, including children, sustained varying degrees of gunshot wounds.

Three farmers were said to have been killed on Sunday, February 14 when herdsmen stormed Agbon-Ojodu village shortly after the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Edward Ajogun, visited the area.

The police commissioner, who visited some places in the troubled areas, including the palace of the Olu of Ilaro and paramount ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, had promised adequate security of lives and property. But a few minutes after commissioner and his team left the area, the suspected herdsmen struck and killed three farmers.

Also in the dead of the night on Sunday, February 14, the herders struck at Ibeku and Asa villages (the same communities where soldiers escorted herders to brutalise residents for rejecting herdsmen on December 19 last year, killing six persons, including one Kehinde Gbadamosi whose body was set ablaze.

According to sources, the hoodlums had dragged Gbadamosi, an indigene of Oyo State, out of his house and killed him before they threw his body back into the house and razed the building.

On Monday, February 15, they moved to Ijaka-Oke and Ijaka-Isale in broad daylight and started shooting at anything in sight. By the time the smoke from their guns receded, eight villagers had been dispatched into early graves while more than 16 commercial motorcycles were set ablaze.

By the evening of the same day, they moved to Oke-Akanni and Oke-Imala villages in Ayetoro where an unspecified number of residents were killed and buildings set ablaze.

The attacks occurred few minutes after Governor Dapo Abiodun visited Oja Odan and other communities in the area with members of his cabinet and heads of security agencies for on-the spot-assessment and assured the villagers of their safety with the deployment of a special police squad to tackle the herders.

The governor said: “The delegation I sent told me what they saw. They said a lot of things happened, and as they were giving the report of what they saw, we heard that another attack happened.

“I called a security meeting this morning. And before yesterday, I had set up a task force and bought new vehicles and motorcycles for Yewaland security. The task force consists of police, soldiers, civil defence corps and hunters to help us in terms of security in your area.

“Tomorrow, by God’s grace, all the new vehicles and motorcycles will be released. The task force will be stationed here; they will not only patrol your areas and go back to Abeokuta,” he assured the people.

Abiodun also promised to foot the hospital bills of those who were injured by herdsmen, pledging to help those who lost their property during the attack by cushioning the effect of the loss.

In the early hours of Wednesday, February 17, the herders once again struck at Ilogun Orile village where they were said to have killed unspecified number of residents.

Villagers flee to Benin Republic for safety

Prompted by the spate of attacks, many villagers from the affected areas have deserted their homes. Some of the affected villages include Agbon-Ojodu, Moro, Asa, and Ibeku.

When The Nation visited the area during the week, residents were seen moving out in droves for fear of another round of attack. At Asa, the ruins of the bloody attack stared one in the face as a few of the residents who came out of hiding on sighting our correspondent lamented their woes.

Some bullet cartridges allegedly belonging to the herders littered the ground.

A man was sighted moving his family on his motorbike out of the village. The man, who asked not to be named, said he was moving his family into safety at an undisclosed community in neighbouring Republic of Benin.

He said: “I only escaped death by a whisker. But for Providence, I would have been dead by now. I don’t want to push my luck too far, so I have decided to relocate my wife and children to a village in the Republic of Benin where herdsmen are not allowed to do open grazing.

”Even if I stay back here, there is nothing to live on again. My farmland has been destroyed by these marauding herders. I am happy that I am leaving with my life intact.”


A villager said the herders embarked on a shooting spree as soon as they stormed the community in a commando-like fashion, killing people and destroying properties worth millions of naira.

He said: “After killing our people, they broke into residential buildings, stole their belongings and looted shops. They raided a phone shop, carted away several expensive phones and set the shop ablaze. A lot of our people have left for villages in Benin Republic for fear of being subjected to another attack by the mindless herdsmen.

”They brought out Gbadamosi aka Big Daddy from his house and killed him before setting his body ablaze. As you can see, his huge body has become charred from the fire.”

Monarchs, lawmakers, residents lament
Lamenting the development, the Olu of Ilaro and Paramount ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, raised the alarm on February 13 that armed herdsmen were plotting to attack key communities in Yewa area.

Oba Olugbenle said the plan of the armed herders was to hold the targeted villages down in terror as they had done in remote villages in the last one week.

https://thenationonlineng.net/herdsmen-crisis-residents-flee-ogun-villages-head-for-benin-republic/

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Re: Ogun Residents Flee To Benin Republic Over Herdsmen Crisis by BrandBrainBox: 10:54am On Feb 20
One question that I have never been able to answer is: Why is it that our soldiers, police, and President are ALWAYS swift to go tough on anyone opposing these KILLER herders but NEVER tough on the killers themselves? Nigerians really need to wake up because they are ALL endangered species right now.

Flashpoints of herder banditry (like Southern Kaduna, Benue, and now South-West) are a template that will soon spread everywhere in the country unless Nigerians RISE unanimously and courageously against this ill wind BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.

Please, for a better Nigeria, I want you all to read this thread on The Google Inc Secret For A BETTER Personal/National Economy.

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Re: Ogun Residents Flee To Benin Republic Over Herdsmen Crisis by Emptoluwani: 10:55am On Feb 20
I think these people are cowards, y not gather yourselves in large numbers and launch deadly attack on fulani base, i mean kill them all, they are not more than you.

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Re: Ogun Residents Flee To Benin Republic Over Herdsmen Crisis by PaChukwudi44(m): 10:56am On Feb 20
Just look at what Tinubu brought to his people!!Gosh!!

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Re: Ogun Residents Flee To Benin Republic Over Herdsmen Crisis by BKayy: 11:00am On Feb 20
They are just running from hot slaps.

We all know what a Slap can do to a Yoruba man

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Re: Ogun Residents Flee To Benin Republic Over Herdsmen Crisis by iaamxavier(m): 11:00am On Feb 20
PaChukwudi44:
Just look at what Tinubu brought to his people!!Gosh!!

No be tinubu send Army go owerri, na uzodinma

So there are saboteurs in every region especially in the south
I wonder when our southern leaders will start having sense like the northern leaders that are even ready to defend bandits

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Re: Ogun Residents Flee To Benin Republic Over Herdsmen Crisis by RRodwave(m): 11:01am On Feb 20
hmmm

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Re: Ogun Residents Flee To Benin Republic Over Herdsmen Crisis by BKayy: 11:02am On Feb 20
iaamxavier:
The same bastards will come and denegrate ESN and IPOB for doing what their Forefather couldn't do.

Trust this people at your own peril
Leave them for today very soon our children will read history of how Oyo and Ogun were former Yoruba land and will doubt it the same way we are doubting and arguing about Ilorin

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Re: Ogun Residents Flee To Benin Republic Over Herdsmen Crisis by sweetonugbu: 11:02am On Feb 20
So they making our 37th State a refugee camp, odinma

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Re: Ogun Residents Flee To Benin Republic Over Herdsmen Crisis by PaChukwudi44(m): 11:02am On Feb 20
iaamxavier:


No be tinubu send Army go owerri, na uzodinma

So there are saboteurs in every region especially in the south
I wonder when our southern leaders will start having sense like the northern leaders that are even ready to defend bandits
Our Southern politicians are efulefus!! Common sense they dont have.With all that is happening any of them expecting aboki to hand over power to them in 2023 must be senile

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Re: Ogun Residents Flee To Benin Republic Over Herdsmen Crisis by adedehinbo(m): 11:19am On Feb 20
No dey believe all this news because he carry Fulanis,no Yoruba person dey run go Benin because of this crisis,Dem no even stay idiroko na Benin! Na like go kill una

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Re: Ogun Residents Flee To Benin Republic Over Herdsmen Crisis by BrandBrainBox: 11:20am On Feb 20
iaamxavier:


No be tinubu send Army go owerri, na uzodinma

So there are saboteurs in every region especially in the south
[b]I wonder when our southern leaders will start having sense[b] like the northern leaders that are even ready to defend bandits
Well, it's not just the Southern leaders that need to get smarter but also Southern masses. For example, see how Southerners here on Nairaland are always rushing to stoke tribal hatred among themselves (like the person you quoted). I'm Igbo and I'm happy to see you remind him with a good example that saboteurs don't come from any one tribe. In fact, Igbo saboteurs are even worse. Tinubu might maintain criminal silence while Yorubas are getting killed. But, how many times has Tinubu gone as far as inviting soldiers to kill Yoruba activists (like OPC members or Sunday Igboho)?

Some of my Igbo brothers can be very stupid. Although I have discovered that there are many people who now pretend to be Igbo in order to create a distaste against Igbos by making stupid comments that appear to be pro-Igbo. Otherwise, how can people be that stupid?

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Re: Ogun Residents Flee To Benin Republic Over Herdsmen Crisis by ThatFairGuy: 11:22am On Feb 20
Re: Ogun Residents Flee To Benin Republic Over Herdsmen Crisis by mike404(m): 11:24am On Feb 20
PaChukwudi44:

Our Southern politicians are efulefus!! Common sense they dont have.With all that is happening any of them expecting aboki to hand over power to them in 2023 must be senile
IS KOVIC20 AN IGBO MAN. JUST GWA ONWE GI EZIOKWU
Re: Ogun Residents Flee To Benin Republic Over Herdsmen Crisis by Racoon(m): 11:25am On Feb 20
The Nation crying out? Abeg "where are the cows?" Why should our Yoruba brethren be fleeing from these killers from Futa Jallon Plateau? This is ridiculous! Why not fight back? Have they succumbed already? This is what these oppressors want.Dont give it to them on a chalice.

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Re: Ogun Residents Flee To Benin Republic Over Herdsmen Crisis by HeadShot: 11:26am On Feb 20
PaChukwudi44:
Just look at what Tinubu brought to his people!!Gosh!!

Though he can't talk...

But his newspaper is doing the talking grin grin

What an APc national leader

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Re: Ogun Residents Flee To Benin Republic Over Herdsmen Crisis by mike404(m): 11:26am On Feb 20
BKayy:

Leave them for today very soon our children will read history of how Oyo and Ogun were former Yoruba land and will doubt it.
BKAYY I DON DEY CAST DOUBT SAY YOU BE IGBO MAN I SWEAR. ONCE FULANI ONLINE HERDSMEN TRIGGER UNA, NA TO START TO DEY ATTACK YORUBAS. DO YOU EVEN KNOW THE MEANING OF TAQIYYA :- .

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Re: Ogun Residents Flee To Benin Republic Over Herdsmen Crisis by PaChukwudi44(m): 11:28am On Feb 20
mike404:
IS KOVIC20 AN IGBO MAN. JUST GWA ONWE GI EZIOKWU
It does not negate the fact that our politicians are efulefus!! How many of them spoke against the Orlu bombardment

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Re: Ogun Residents Flee To Benin Republic Over Herdsmen Crisis by mike404(m): 11:31am On Feb 20
OODUA1STSON I HOPE YOU ARE LEARNED ENOUGH TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS CURRENTLY GOING ON IN NAIRALAND. FULANIS SENSED THAT SOUTHERNERS ARE GOING TO UNITE AGAINST THEM, HENCE, THEY UNLEASHED WHAT WAS TAUGHT TO THEM BY UTHMAN DANFODIO AND AHMADU BELLOW ON US. MY ONLY ANNOYANCE IS THAT THE SO CALLED EDUCATED SOUTHERNERS ON NAIRALAND ARE FALLING FOR IT. ASK ANY OF THESE IDIOTS TO REPLY YOU IN YORUBA OR IGBO LANGUAGE AND WATCH THEM PICK MARATHON RACE grin

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Re: Ogun Residents Flee To Benin Republic Over Herdsmen Crisis by mike404(m): 11:34am On Feb 20
PaChukwudi44:

It does not negate the fact that our politicians are efulefus!! How many of them spoke against the Orlu bombardment
SO WHY ATTACKING YORUBAS HERE KNOWING FULLY WELL THAT FULANIS ARE ON THEIR USUAL TAQIYYA MISSION ON NAIRALAND AFTER SENSING THAT THERE MIGHT BE A SOUTHERN UNITY AGAINST THEM angry

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Re: Ogun Residents Flee To Benin Republic Over Herdsmen Crisis by Racoon(m): 11:36am On Feb 20
BrandBrainBox:
One question that I have never been able to answer is: Why is it that our soldiers, police, and President are ALWAYS swift to go tough on anyone opposing these KILLER herders but NEVER tough on the killers themselves? Nigerians really need to wake up because they are ALL endangered species right now.
Simply because both the security agencies and terrorists share the same C-in-C.They are all in league with themselves.So nothing new bro.

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Re: Ogun Residents Flee To Benin Republic Over Herdsmen Crisis by heendrix(m): 11:47am On Feb 20
Ogun has not even seen half of a quarter what states like especially Benue saw proceeded by Taraba and Jos and they're already running away due to Fear. So most definitely if they experienced what Benue n Tivs experienced Ogun governor would prolly become a Refugee himself undecided

When Tyup on a thread said we Yorubas are blatant Cowards he wasn't wrong, was He?? imagine Running away smh omashe o

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Re: Ogun Residents Flee To Benin Republic Over Herdsmen Crisis by BKayy: 11:48am On Feb 20
mike404:
BKAYY I DON DEY CAST DOUBT SAY YOU BE IGBO MAN I SWEAR. ONCE FULANI ONLINE HERDSMEN TRIGGER UNA, NA TO START TO DEY ATTACK YORUBAS. DO YOU EVEN KNOW THE MEANING OF TAQIYYA :- .
Hope you know you can't deceive me with this fake Southern unity.
Or are the fulani the ones that blamed Ndị Igbo for destroying Lagos?
Are the fulani the ones that scapegoat Igbo after the Endsars protest?
Are the fulani the ones that turned occupy Lekki Toll gate to Igbo protest?
Are the fulani the ones that brought out defend Lagos which was an avenue to loot Igbo shops in Lagos?

My dear you don't have the interest of Igbo nation at heart if the only time you remember Southern Unity is when your SW is threatened. Selfish Yoruba man.
Where was your southern Unity when Orlu was bombarded?

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Re: Ogun Residents Flee To Benin Republic Over Herdsmen Crisis by mike404(m): 11:52am On Feb 20
BKayy:

Hope you know you can't deceive me with this fake Southern unity.
Or are the fulani the ones that blamed Ndị Igbo for destroying Lagos?
Are the fulani the ones that scapegoat Igbo after the Endsars protest?
Are the fulani the ones that turned occupy Lekki Toll gate to Igbo protest?
Are the fulani the ones that brought out defend Lagos which was an avenue to loot Igbo shops in Lagos?

My dear you don't have the interest of Igbo nation at heart if the only time you remember Southern Unity is when your SW is threatened. Selfish Yoruba man.
Where was your southern Unity when Orlu was bombarded?
YOU CAN NEVER GET YOUR BIAFRA WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF YOUR FELLOW SOUTHERNERS. I EVEN DOUBT THAT YOU ARE AN IGBO MAN

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Re: Ogun Residents Flee To Benin Republic Over Herdsmen Crisis by mike404(m): 11:53am On Feb 20
heendrix:
sad
I HAVE COME TO CONCLUSION THAT MOST OF THESE IGBO THIS, YORUBA THAT ON NAIRALAND ARE NOT SOUTHERNERS

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Re: Ogun Residents Flee To Benin Republic Over Herdsmen Crisis by mike404(m): 11:54am On Feb 20
FERGIE001 LETS HAVE YOUR TAKE ON THIS MATTER ABEG grin
Re: Ogun Residents Flee To Benin Republic Over Herdsmen Crisis by heendrix(m): 11:56am On Feb 20
mike404:
I HAVE COME TO CONCLUSION THAT MOST OF THESE IGBO THIS, YORUBA THAT ON NAIRALAND ARE NOT SOUTHERNERS

Unfortunately some of them tho we have a number of them operating multiple accounts

But I'm always mad and Angry to see we Yorubas cower in Fear like Damnn how many are these Fulanis for crying tf out loud that we have to be running from them all the time

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