Governors of the South-West on Monday agreed to ban all varieties of open grazing in the area, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has stated.
According to him, the choice was taken right this moment when the governors met with the management of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in addition to safety chiefs.
Some of the governors in attendance embrace Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Mohammed Abubakar of Jigawa State, and Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State.
Giving a report after the assembly, Makinde tweeted, “Today, the South West governors held a safety stakeholders’ assembly in Ondo State. The assembly was attended by our brother governors from Kebbi and Jigawa States; safety chiefs, South West zone led by the AIG Zone 11 and leaders from the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria.
Collectively, we resolved to ban open grazing in all components of the South-West. In Oyo State, we have already got a legislation in opposition to open grazing which will proceed to be applied by our safety companies.
“I restated that we will not permit criminality as a response to criminal actions. Instead we will continue to support our security agencies to do their duties. Also, we will work with our people to face our common enemies – the criminals; kidnappers, armed robbers and bandits.”
Open grazing had been chargeable for clashes between herders and farmers in the area. The rising instances of kidnapping and sundry crimes in the area had additionally been linked to the actions of felony parts who masquerade as herdsmen of their host communities.
Recall that, Gov. Akeredolu on January 18, 2021 ordered herdsmen to go away Ondo forest reserves inside seven days following incidents of kidnapping attributed to Fulani herders.
Violence had erupted in Igangan, Ibarapa, on Friday when a well-liked Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, nicely referred to as Sunday Igboho, alongside his followers, stormed the Fulani settlement in the historic city to eject Seriki Fulani, Salihu Abdukadir, and herdsmen accused of perpetrating crimes starting from kidnappings, killings, rape to invasion of farmlands with their cattle.
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