Herdsmen return to Falae’s farm, engage police in gun battle

Fulani Herdsmen [Credit: Today.ng]
Fulani Herdsmen [Credit: Today.ng]

Armed herdsmen have again struck at the farm of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Olu Falae, in Akure, Ondo State, engaging police officers in a gun battle in the process.

Mr. Falae said he had been witnessing herdsmen grazing on his farm repeatedly in the past three weeks and decided to seek the help of the police.

It was learnt that when the 15 police officers found them grazing on Thursday and tried to approach them, the herdsmen opened fire.

The herdsmen, said to be 10 in number, immediately left the farm located at Kajola, along Igbatoro Road, after the shootout.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that several cows were killed in the encounter as the herdsmen fled at the superior fire power of the police officers.

The Ondo police spokesperson, Femi Joseph, who confirmed the incident, said no life was lost in the encounter.

Mr. Falae was kidnapped in September 2015 by Fulani herdsmen and was only let go after four days and the payment of a N5million ransom.

“I invited the police to my farm because the herdsmen have been coming to the farm every day for several weeks and they are no longer hiding,” the Afenifere chieftain said, while speaking on the incident on Thursday.

“They come into the farm around 5 a.m. till 9 a.m., destroyed the farm, so I went to the police for protection and some policemen were sent to the farm.

“They got to the farm and met three separate herds feeding fat on my farm. When the police approached them, they fired at the policemen.”

Mr. Joseph, however, said the policemen succeeded in flushing out the herdsmen from the farm.

He said no arrest was made, but the command had set up a high-powered investigation into the matter.


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  • Base Okonjo

    Na waoo, problem deyooo

  • Base Okonjo

    Those dead cows must be paid for by the farm owner or the police QED

  • Tahir Bunu-hamza

    …if the armed ‘herdsmen’ have left, what about their herds of cows – the police should have arrested and detained the cows please!!!

  • George

    Those buhari boys will kill Falae mark my word they don’t forgive if you harmed their cows valued than human being.

    The police who visited the farm would be invited to Abuja and dismiss.

    The DPO will be transfer to remote area in Borno State.

    Falae will be tag as secession agent working for Nnadi and put under investigations.

  • Right Minded

    Baba Falae, Please watch your back. These moronic idiotic Buhari boys will surely come back. They prefer to die than leave their cows , dead or alive behind. Those ammunition they hold are being supplied by the Daura Secret Service, and surely they have the backings of the DSS and the IGP. Am sure those policemen that engaged the fulani herdsmen will be dismissed in no time with phantom accusations. I expect the Oodua People Congress militia to start guarding baba Falae.