- Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has supported Prof Soyinka’s call for use of hunters in addressing the herdsmen crises in Ogun state
- The organisation advised all the states in the southwest to embrace the idea; though the Osun state government said it does not need hunters to protect its people from herdsmen crisis
- The Ondo state police command also welcomed the idea, saying it will be a good collaboration
Afenifere, a Yoruba socio-political organisation, has thrown its weight behind Professor Wole Soyinka’s call for the use of hunters and vigilante groups to tackle the menace of herdsmen in Ogun state, in collaboration with other security outfits.
The secretary general of Afenifere, Chief Sehinde Arogbofa, on Saturday, February 17, said all states in the southwest should embrace the idea, Punch reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that Arogbofa said the use of hunters and vigilante groups became compulsory in view of the fact that the government had failed to protect the people.
He said: “Although the formation of groups for the purpose of policing may not be good enough, our government has failed to provide adequate security and the people have to defend themselves against the killer herdsmen.
“There is nothing wrong in what the local hunters and vigilante groups are doing in Ogun State. Afenifere welcomes the formation of such groups here in Ondo and other South-West states because our people have to protect themselves.”
The Ondo state police command has also described the idea as a welcome development.
The spokesperson for the police in the state, Femi Joseph, said: “If we can have this type of collaboration in Ondo state, it will be a good development.
“We need organised groups who can assist us. We cannot be everywhere at the same time, so we need people to work with us.”
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However, the commissioner for information in Osun state, Adelani Baderinwa, said the state did not need to mobilise hunters and vigilante groups to secure its people and farms from the destructive activities of the herdsmen.
Baderinwa said that Governor Rauf Aregbesola had set up a committee comprising Yoruba and the Fulani elders about two years ago to ensure that the herdsmen did not destroy farms in the state.
He said: “We do not need to gather hunters and vigilante groups to protect the state from herdsmen. We are proactive in Osun state and that is why there is no crisis here.”
NAIJ.com previously reported that Professor Soyinka on Wednesday, January 10, described the incessant attacks and killings by the killer herdsmen in many parts of Nigeria as a declaration of war on the country.
Soyinka who made this known in a statement released also warned President Muhammadu Buhari against treating the case of the herdsmen lightly.
He advised President Buhari to avoid falling into the same trap former president Goodluck Jonathan fell into with the Boko Haram sect.
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