Insecurity:Ondo Govt. Orders Herdsmen to leave Forest Reserves

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 Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Monday ordered herdsmen to vacate all forest reserves in the state within the next seven days.

The Governor, who made the proclamation via Twitter, said the order had become imperative due to the increasing incidents of kidnap cases in the state.

“These unfortunate incidents are traceable to the activities of some bad elements masquerading as herdsmen,” Akeredolu said. “These felons have turned our forest reserves into hideouts for keeping victims of kidnapping, negotiating for ransom, and carrying out other criminal activities.”

The Governor also banned night-grazing with immediate effect “because most farm destruction takes place at night.”

“Movement of cattle within cities and highways is prohibited,” he added. “Under-aged grazing of cattle is outlawed.

“Our resolution to guarantee safety of lives and property within the State shall remain utmost as security agencies have been directed to enforce the ban.”

The Governor noted that his 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.

Recall that last August the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, inaugurated the Ondo State Security Network Agency, code-named Operation Amotekun.

The development came on the heels of insecurity in the state and the penetration of killer herdsmen into the south-western states was passed into law by the state House of Assembly and signed into law by the governor.

Speaking at the inauguration, Mr Akeredolu said the community policing became necessary to curb all forms of insecurity in the state.

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