A 71 year old farmer, Victoria Akinseye who was raped by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Ore, Odigbo local government area of Ondo state says alleged conspiracy of silence by traditional institutions, government and security agencies is responsible for the growing menace of herdsmen attacks.
Mrs Akinseye was speaking at a press conference organized by a coalition of youth groups and farmers in Ondo state which condemned in strong terms the increasing herdsmen attacks in recent times.
The septuagenarian also showed newsmen the torn trousers she wore the day she was raped by two herdsmen at her farm in Ore.
While narrarating the experience, Akinseye said ‘I was going to the farm when the two men attacked men from behind, held my neck such that I couldn’t ask for help. They tore my clothes and took turns to raped me.’
She said her life has not remained same after she was raped by those she called bandits.
‘When we reported the incident to the Oba, we were told I must do a sacrifice, to prevent any bad occurrence in my family, else… I even had to beg for money to buy items for the ritual. My life is in ruins’ she said.
Speaking for the coalition in Akure, Mr Tuyi Adekanmbi said the herdsmen victims are already being pushed to a state of retaliation.
Adekanmbi said while the group was not against cattle rearing, it should be done in ranches in line with civilised practices.
The coalition also appealed to governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and the Ondo Assembly to come to their aid and urgently enact an anti grazing law to end the increasing menace of herdsmen attacks before the people are forced to take laws into their hands “One of our the farmers, Orimisan Omowole was murdered on his farm in Odigbo local government area of the state. After killing him they took out his heart and placed it on his chest”
“We are not against cattle rearing or saying cattle rearing should be banned but we want free grazing of cattle on our farms, at our expense with wanton destructions of our crops and means of livelihood to be stopped forthwith.” Adekanmbi said