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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.”