- The incessant attacks by suspected herdsmen in Ondo state has been criticised by the Deji of Akure
- A new attack was said to have been carried out by suspected herdsmen on Akure South local government workers
- He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to tackle the issue of herdsmen decisively
The Deji of Akure, Oba Ogunlade Aladetoyinbo, has lamented the reported attack on Akure South local government workers by suspected herdsmen.
The monarch described the invasion as barbaric, provocative and an attempt to stir up trouble in the peaceful Akure community, The Nation reports.
NAIJ.com gathered the monarch wondered why the herdsmen would choose to graze their cattle on the farmland belonging to the council if it was not an attempt to create tension in the community.
Oba Aladetoyinbo expressed sadness that there had not been any major arrests by the police since the attack on Chief Olu Falae’s farm, stressing that the arsonists who parade themselves as herdsmen now target the local government as their next point of call.
He urged President Buhari not to treat the issue of the herdsmen with levity, adding that their activities were becoming unbearable.
According to him, the people can no longer tolerate the excesses of these herdsmen who are now making live unbearable with their nefarious attitudes.
The traditional ruler also urged Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, to take proactive measures in curbing the menace.
He appealed to the Inspector General of Police (IG) Ibrahim Idris and the commissioner of police, Gbenga Adeyanju with other security agents to take more decisive action and ensure that the menace is curtailed.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Rotimi Akeredolu-led Ondo state government stated that cattle rearing would not be prohibited in the state.
The development was made public by the senior special assistant to the governor, Akin Olotu, at a stakeholders meeting.
Olotu, however, disclosed that the government was making plans to regulate the activities of Fulani herdsmen and their cattle, in order to ensure peaceful co-existence of farmers and the herdsmen in the state.
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