The Ondo state governor Arakunrim Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) has given all herdsmen 7 days to vacate all forest reserves in the state after studying a detailed security report into kidnappings and banditry in the state.
Akeredolu however gave all legitimate cattle herders in the state a reprieve asking them to come forward to register with the state in order to be able to carry out their legitimate business.
The governor announced this today on his verified twitter handle:
These unfortunate incidents are traceable to the activities of some bad elements masquerading as herdsmen. These felons have turned our forest reserves into hideouts for keeping victims of kidnapping, negotiating for ransom and carrying out other criminal activities.— Arakunrin Akeredolu (@RotimiAkeredolu) January 18, 2021
1. All Forest Reserves in the State are to be vacated by herdsmen within the next 7 days with effect from today, Monday 18th January, 2021.— Arakunrin Akeredolu (@RotimiAkeredolu) January 18, 2021
2. Night-grazing is banned with immediate effect because most farm destruction takes place at night.
In its usual magnanimity, our administration will give a grace period of seven days for those who wish to carry on with their cattle-rearing business to register with appropriate authorities.— Arakunrin Akeredolu (@RotimiAkeredolu) January 18, 2021
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