About 10 suspected herdsmen have raided and set fire on a farm belonging to a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Olu Falae, located near Akure, the Ondo state capital.
The herdsmen, who arrived at the farm around 5:30pm yesterday, torched the whole farm and ran away immediately the security operatives at the farm noticed the fire outbreak.
Confirming the development, Chief Falae’s Personal Assistant, Moshood Raji, said the palm tree plantation was “seriously affected,” adding that “we are still trying to put off the fire”.
Raji explained that there was distress call from the policemen at the farm alerting about the fire in the farm, saying they had to mobilise to the farm to put off the fire.
He said, “the security operatives stationed at the farm noticed the fire around 6:20pm and rushed to the scene of the incident only to find some Fulani herdsmen running away from the scene.
“All the maize and cassava have been destroyed while the Palm Oil plantation was seriously affected.”
Falae’s aide explained that the farm which is over 40 hectares was destroyed by the herdsmen for no reason.
He added that all efforts by the security operatives proved abortive as they ran after the men but said the inferno prevented the security operatives from crossing to the other side of the farm.
Newsworth recalls that that the herdsmen had invaded the farm on Falae’s birthday abducting him after destroying his farm. After he was released a week later, the herdsmen returned to the farm, destroying the farm and exchanged gun fire with security operatives at the farm.