Fulani herdsmen have allegedly raped a 72-year-old woman, identified only as Victoria, in Ore, in the Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The septuagenarian, who spooke about her ordeal, explained that she was working on her farm when the two herdsmen attacked her.
“Before I could question them on their mission in my farm, they gagged me and tore my clothes. They raped me one after the other. They threatened to kill me if I made any noise and left me on the farm after injuring me,” she added.
Youths and farmers across the 18 local government areas of the state protested on Wednesday against the incident.
They threatened to take the law into their own hands if the state government and security agencies failed to address the issue urgently.
The group coordinator, Mr. Oluwatuyi Adekanmbi, said herdsmen are terrorists in Ondo State as they perpetrate different crimes, including rape, destruction of farms, killing, as well as kidnapping.
He urged Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, and the Ondo State House of Assembly to enact a law to protect farmers, their wives and their farmland.
Mr. Adekanmbi said: “One of our farmers, Orimisan Omowole, was murdered on his farm in the Odigbo area. After killing him, they took out his heart and placed it on his chest.
“We are not against cattle rearing, but we don’t want free grazing on our farmland and at our expense with wanton destruction of our means of livelihood.”
Raping of women in their hosts communities by Fulani herdsmen is rampant in Nigeria