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Herdsmen attack Ondo council secretariat.


n the early hours of today some Fulani herdsmen chased out the workers at the Akure South Local Government Secretariat following a disagreement. Reports say trouble started when a worker in the council warned a herder to take his cows away from the council’s Agric department vegetable farm, located behind the secretariat.

The herder, a boy of about 8 years, reportedly ignored the warning and allowed the cows to feed on the vegetable planted.

The local government worker allegedly moved onto the boy and when attempting to make him direct the cows off the farm, the boy fell.

It was gathered that another older herder, suspected to be the father of the boy, who was coming behind and saw what transpired pulled out a sword and engaged the local government worker.

It was learnt that the worker, who also had a cutlass in his hand, engaged the herder . While both men were exchanging throw of cutlass and sword, the herder was injured.

The injured herder was said to have mobilized over 30 herdsmen who stormed the Local Government Secretariat and sacked workers from ofice. It tookook the intervention of the Ondo State Commissioner of police, Mr . Gbenga Adeyanju, and the Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Mr . Pedro Ideba, who deployed their men in the council , before the situation was brought under control.

One of the workers of the council was allegedly macheted by the herdsmen .

The members of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees are asking the government to act on the matter .

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