Ex-SGF, Olu Falae, speaks on the recent attack on his farm by herdsmen
Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Olu Falae, has kicked against the attack on his farmland in Ilado, Ondo state by suspected herdsmen yesterday January 22nd.
The herdsmen, about 10 in number, attacked the farm at about 5.30pm. The maize and cassava planted on the farm were destroyed completely while his oil plantation was adversely affected.
Vanguard reports that the former Finance Minister spoke to newsmen today in Akure the state capital. He said the attack is now a yearly occurence. He called on President Buhari to call the herdsmen to order.
The Fulani herdsmen have again burnt my farm. They do that every year. As I speak to you, the Akure Police Area commander, my Personal Assistant and farm manager have visited the place. The state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has called me to confirm the incident and has also promised to visit the farm tomorrow.” Olu Falae said
Also speaking to newsmen, the personal Assistant to the former SGF, Captain Raji (retd), said the farm which is over 10 hectares of land, was “seriously affected”
“The security operatives stationed at the farm noticed the fire around 5:30pm 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 oil palm plantation was seriously affected.”
He said all efforts by the security operatives to track down the arsonists proved abortive as the inferno prevented the security operatives from crossing to the other side of the farm to effect any arrest. He estimated the farm produce destroyed at the farm to run into millions of Naira.