Being copy of a petition sent to Ogun state commissioner of Police by Oba Kabiyesi Olufemi Ogunleye, Towulade of Akinale,on the presence of strange Fulani herdsmen who encamped in his village environment,forest near Abeokuta,Ogun state.
The Commissioner of Police,
Security challenges in the Akinale Environment:
Ewekoro Local Government, Ogun State
I make haste to report some security challenges that made themselves bare in our locality yesterday Sunday 17 January, 2021.
As I drove out of my Palace yesterday Sunday, for a scheduled meeting with Balogun Owu, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, I noticed a crowd of about 50 scuffled persons armed with clubs and accompanied by wild looking dogs. I made a quick turn around and returned to the spot, directly opposite mysometimes town’s exit and stopped to interview the crowd. Before I got to the scene, the situation was becoming charged as some members of the community had challenged and refused them respite.
My public relations experience and spoken Hausa language prowess, disarmed the already agitated crowd and they listened to me. Having identified some of them as indigenes of Kano, I told them my sojourn in Kano as a newspaper reporter and later asked them whether a group of itinerant wanderers like them can come from anywhere and enter Kano interior, like they had done, without challenge. They replied negatively and I asked them whether coming to enter forests in a locale in which they are not domicile without the concurrent knowledge of the owners of the forests couldn’t have been misunderstood as security breach. They acknowledged their misjudgment and apologized.
I did not doubt their sincerity as itinerant hunting gamers but the prevalent situation where some criminals in the cloak of herdsmen hanging around our Forests to kidnap, harass and rape our women, are enough to justify our apprehension and call for intervention of the state security apparatus.
Just as I was addressing our community and drawing a counter-module for this trend, our vigilante sent in a ‘save our souls’ message from a farm within my domain. A group of herdsmen with several heads of cattle were sighted, fully resident in someone else’s farm with the cattle harvesting other peoples’ sweat. It is sad and wicked. Every effort made by the farmers to drive the fulanis away was rebuffed with threats of death.
This report to the CP is aimed at seeking your urgent attention to help to dislodge these strange elements from our domain and evolve a check and balance strategy to prevent crime emanating from the two scenarios reported in this letter.
I thank you for your understanding and action.
• dewunmi Ogunleye, LLM, BL, AICMC, FNIPR, JP
LapeÍeke-Dýñåsty, Towulade Akinale
Cc His Royal Majesty, Alake and Paramount Ruler, Egballand.
Cc Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Balogun Owu
Cc Oba Abdul Fatai Akorede Akamo, Olu Itori
Cc Oba Abdul Gafar Olasunkani Tijani, Alawowo
Lagos-Abeokuta Express Road, Akinale Town, Ewekoro Local Govt., Ogun State 0803 322 0672, 0805 858 2414, E.mail: [email protected]