Herdsmen engage police in shootout at Falae’s farm

By Our Correspondent
Armed men believed to be herdsmen attacked policemen at the farm of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief Olu Falae, at Kajola in Akure North area of Ondo State.
Sources said about 15 policemen drafted to the farm by the Commissioner of Police, Hilda Harrison, escaped death when Fulani herdsmen opened fire on them.
Family sources said the herdsmen, numbering about 10, stormed the farm at Kajola, Igbatoro area and destroyed it.
Falae was said to have invited the police only for the herdsmen to attack them.
Herdsmen had in the past invaded the farm, abducted Falae and killed one of his security men.
Some of the kidnappers were later sentenced to life imprisonment.
Despite that, herdsmen at the weekend stormed the Afenifere chieftain’s farm.
Falae reportedly informed the police commissioner, who deployed mobile policemen to the farm.
But the herdsmen opened fire on the policemen and the police team returned fire, according to report.
Sources said some cows were killed while the herdsmen fled in different directions.
Falae confirmed the invasion of his farm.
He said: “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. They come into the farm about 5a.m. till 9a.m., destroyed the farm. So I went to the police for protection and some policemen were sent to the farm yesterday (at the weekend).
“They got to the farm and met three separate herds feeding fat on my farm. When the police approached them, they fired at the police.
“The policemen went there to see if they can effect arrest for trespassing and destroying farm produce. So, if the herdsmen fired the police what would they do to me?”
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Femi Joseph, confirmed the invasion but claimed ignorance of the shootout.
He, however, said the police chased the herdsmen out of the farm.
Joseph said the police had launched investigation into the attack on the farm.

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