About 37 herdsmen and their over 5000 cows have been sent out of the government reserves forest in Ondo State. The State’s Amotekun has confirmed.
The Ondo State Commander of the Security Network Agency, Amotekun, Adetunji Adeleye, on Thursday said they were sent out for refusing to register with the State Government.
Adeleye spoke with the Tribune said some of the herdsmen refused to adhere to the terms and conditions of the state government and opted out of the forest and the state.
The forest reserves in Ala, Oda and Ofosu forests of the state were the forests from which these herdmen were sent out from according to him.
He added that this was done after meeting with the leadership of the Miyetti Allah in the state.
“Some of them opted to leave the state because they couldn’t meet with our terms and conditions. They came through the Chairman of Miyetti Allah in the state.
“Some of them opted to go to Osun, Edo and Kogi States. So our men escorted them to the boundaries of those states. We have to monitor their movements out of the state so that they would not destroy farms on their way out.
“About 37 herders have been flushed out of the state with about 5,000 cows. Majority of the herders have been coming to us through their chairman and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Hausa Matters.
The Ondo State Amotekun commander reiterated that the State will not tolerate any herdsman who refused to register and this was one of the reasons the Miyeti Allah chairman was involved.
The Amotekun boss called on farmers to always alert the corps whenever the cows invade and destroy their farms and should not take laws into their hands, saying the corps would respond immediately.
Recalled that state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, had issued a four-point order which includes ejection of herdsmen from the forest reserves, ban on movement of cattle along the highways and within the cities, ban on night grazing and under-aged grazing.
The governor also asked the herdsmen to register with the state government to enable them to operate legitimately within the state.
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