Two Fulani herdsmen reportedly lost their lives in itesiwaju local government area of Oyo State on Sunday.
These fulanis, OYOINSIGHT.COM exclusively gathered, lost their lives during a clash between themselves.
According to residents, such clash occurs after Eid-el-Kabir and Eid-el-Fitr festivals every year because during this period, these herdsmen move into the town and engage in fights among themselves; in most cases, because of women.
This year has been no exception as the Fulanis have started fighting in the town again.
On Sunday, the clash between herdsmen, which turned bloody, led to the loss of two lives and left scores, including residents, injured.
A resident, Aare olamilekan Oladapo, who spoke extensively with OYOINSIGHT.COM said, “It’s a yearly tradition among Fulanis in Itesiwaju Local Government to come to the town enmass after Ileya or Eld-Filtri festival for activities, but it’s becoming unbearable in recent times as they now use the opportunity to settle pending scores among themselves which most time now turn bloody.
“This year, for almost a week now since the end of Eid-Filtri they have been engaging in free for all fight among themselves in town and not in their village which calls for serious concern.
“Just few moments ago, there was a fight around Ibise quarters of Otu which led to the beheading of one of them while others got injured.
“It’s a serious issue, people in the town can’t sleep with their two eyes closed and move freely like before.”
OYOINSIGHT.COM also gathered that anytime this fight is ongoing, all sorts of human, especially economic, activities are hampered.
When asked about the steps security officers have taken, Oladapo alleged that when this fulanis get arrested, they are later released.
On behalf of other residents of the town, he then solicited for help from the government and other relevant agencies because “the issue is getting out hand”.
“If possible, there is need for a peace meeting among the traditional leaders and security personnel in order to curb them (the clash),” he added.