Herdsmen have been allegedly reported to set on fire an oil palm plantation in Akure North Local Government Area.
The farm which was located in Ilado Village, Akure North Local Government area of Ondo State is a section of the farm owned by a former secretary to the Federal Government; Chief Olu Falae.
Falae’s Personal Assistant, Captain Moshood Raji, (rtd) who confirmed the incident. Said “At about 6 pm, I got a message from one of the police officers attached to the farm that the farm has been burnt down by some hoodlums.There was no work on the farm when the incident occurred because it was a Sunday’’.’Sic’
According to him, “We have informed the Commissioner of Police. About five hectares of the land were affected. He continued “The oil palm plantation was affected as well as some parts of the yam and cassava plantations.”
Raji disclosed, a report by Afenifere Group, In September last year on behalf of Chief Falae, said an attack on the farm by herdsmen was debunked by the police as false.
Falae, who was the presidential candidate of the Alliance for Democracy in 1999, was attacked and kidnapped on his farm in September 2015. He was released three days later following the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari who ordered the then Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomom Arase (rtd) to secure his release.
Meanwhile, Falae contradicted police effort when he said he was released after he paid a ransom. The kidnappers were later arrested, tried and jailed.