Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State, has a renewed tension following the alleged takeover of two villages by some herdsmen.
The two villages, Kajola and Gbagba Idere are located in the Ayete Local Government Area of the state.
Candidreporters.com gathered that a resident narrated that Fulani herdsman, Iskilu Wakil, was asked to leave the villages because he did not buy the land he was occupying.
This was said to have infuriated the herder, who claimed he was a combatant with arms and ammunition.
The Asawo of Ayete, Oba Emmanuel Okeniyi, said those who have farms in the villages had fled the places over fear they might be attacked by Wakil.
Oba Okeniyi said, “They asked him to leave the area. I don’t think he bought the land from anybody and the owners of the land asked him to leave. But rather than leaving, he has become a terror. The Fulani there usually destroy their farms.
“The farmers in the villages have fled their places, they are just loafing about now. Government has deployed Amotekun personnel in Ayete. They came yesterday ( Friday) but I haven’t heard that they have gone to those villages”
A resident of Ayete, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told our correspondent that Wakil and his followers barricaded the road leading to the villages, adding that they threatened to shoot dead any villager who moved close to the place.