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Farmers/herders crisis: We’re not happy with killings – Ogun govt

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Segun Ayinde, Abeokuta

The Ogun state government has expressed displeasure over the spate of attacks and killings by Fulani herdsmen in Yewa North local government area of the state.

To find a lasting solution to the menace, the government has embarked on a peace mission with a delegation from the cabinet of Governor Dapo Abiodun and security agencies to put an end to the farmers/herders’ crisis at the council area.

It will be recalled that communities in Yewa North local government area of the state, including Eggua, Owode-Ketu and Ijoun-Atata, where two people were killed recently and others kidnapped after being ambushed by the killer herdsmen, have been under attack for some time now.

The state commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, Hon. Afolabi Afuape, while speaking at the palace of Olu of Ilaro and paramount ruler of Yewa Land, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle said that although the state government was not happy with the killings, it would soon find a lasting solution to the crisis.

He said “the government is not happy with what is happening in this area. Government is not happy with what is going on in this part of the state. We have come on the instruction of the state governor to see what can be done to address this crisis because the state government is not happy with what is happening.

“I must stress the need for peaceful co-existence among all our people irrespective of where you come from. Though this crisis is a national issue, government is putting security plans in place to secure the lives of our people in this area”, he stressed.

Afuape, who urged the people in the area not to take laws into their hands told them to be vigilant in reporting strange faces and movements to the security agencies, saying that government would not tolerate crisis in any part of the state.

The commissioner for information and strategy, Alhaji Waheed Odusile, appealed to the people not take law into their hands, but to allow the security operatives and the traditional rulers to handle the situation.

He, therefore, called for peaceful co-existence among the indigenes and people from other ethnic groups, noting that an all-inclusive stakeholders’ meeting was scheduled to hold soon to find solutions to the problems.

Odusile, while appreciating the royal fathers in the area for dousing the tension that arose as a result of the attack from the herdsmen, called for the sharing of necessary information that would lead to the end of the crisis.

Oba Olugbenle, also acknowledged the similar challenges in other parts of the country stressing that the menace was becoming rampant in the state in recent time.

The Oba called for immediate setting up of the AMOTEKUN corps in the state and involved traditional rulers in selecting its operatives who know their different terrains.

“the state governor has done well by putting in place mechanism to address this problem. I want to plead with the governor to commission the AMOTEKUN corps. When doing this, critical stakeholders, including the traditional rulers, should be involved in recommending people who know the terrains. Round pegs should be put in round holes”, he advised.

The monarch called for the meeting of all traditional rulers to discuss the issue, advocating the inscription of owner’s name on each cattle, maintaining that this would help in identifying the owner in event of destruction of farm by cattle.

A member, representing Yewa North State Constituency 2, Hon. Haruna Egungbohun, while commending the efforts of the state governor at combating the menace of the herdsmen, urged the government to continue to beef the axis with security operatives to prevent further loss of lives.

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