Days after herdsmen attacks, students resume schools in Ogun villages

Days after herdsmen attacks, teachers and students in Alabata villages, Odeda Local Government Area of Ogun State have returned to school and school activities have resumed on Monday due to tightened security enforced by the Police in the villages.

The herdsmen attacks led to disruption of academic activities in the villages.

Newsmen  learnt  that the deployment of the Police Mobile Force and Special Anti-Robbery Squad had increass the presence of security operatives in the villages.

Teachers and  pupils reportedly deserted both  primary and secondary schools in Alabata villages  for fear of being attacked by the herdsmen.

According to Punch reports, it was reported that  OLG Primary School, Alabata,  Alabata Community High School and six other  schools in the area had  been deserted since the attacks reportedly carried out by herdsmen in some parts  of the villages.

Suspected herdsmen   invaded  Seriki  village  and attacked   a 76-year-old   village head, Chief Akanmu Laisi,  about a month ago.

They were also said to have  carried out another attack  in Adao village, stabbing a 49-year-old  farmer,  Rafiu Showemimo, to death a week ago.

Our correspondent, who visited some affected schools on Monday,  observed that academic activities had resumed at various schools in the villages.

The Olu of Alabata, Chief Sanusi Wahab, also  confirmed that the schools had been reopened.

Spokesman for the police in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said security had been beefed up in the villages.

However, Oyeyemi disagreed that schools were deserted following attacks by  herdsmen in the villages.

He said, “The Commissioner of Police  has held a security meeting with the villagers, Fulani herdsmen and resolutions have been made.”

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